Jeff Peterson to Meet with Lickliter

Jeff Peterson almost committed to Iowa last month before the school experienced a coaching change. The DeMatha point guard still is considering the Hawkeyes and has set up a meeting with new coach Todd Lickliter. HN.com caught up with Peterson on Thursday to find out where his recruitment stood and his thoughts on Iowa. Read all about it in this premium update.

Jeff Peterson stood very close to giving his commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes a month ago. A series of events delayed that decision.

Coach Steve Alford exited Iowa for New Mexico shortly after Peterson officially visited Iowa City and a couple of weeks later was replaced by former Butler bench boss Todd Lickliter.

"I was very close (to committing to Iowa)," the 2007 Point Guard from Baltimore's DeMatha High said. "Yeah (chuckles), I was real, real close."

Hawkeye Nation spoke with Peterson on Thursday afternoon, and the 5-11, 170-pound floor general said he's "still undecided." Saint Louis and Princeton, to which he originally verbally committed, are in the picture with Iowa.

"I really don't have a leader or order right now," Peterson said. "So many things have changed in the last few weeks."

Lickliter has spoken to Peterson on the phone.

"(Lickliter is) coming out here (to Maryland) to speak with me on Monday (April 16)," Peterson said. "I'm looking forward to seeing how everything fits. He's seen me play once, but never in person. He told me he is interested but it's a unique situation and he wants to meet me in person."

Peterson said that he is interested in hearing what Lickliter has to say.

"I want to make sure that we're on the same page," Peterson said. "Coach Alford told me what he expected of me. He laid out a four-year plan for me. I want to know where I'm at with Coach Lickliter."

The opportunity to play right away ranks highly on Peterson's wish list.

"Early playing time is important," Peterson said. "I believe that it's the only way you get better. It's not necessarily starting, although it would be nice to start. It's more about contributing right away."

Peterson said his life has been hectic the last few weeks with calls from various interested coaches inquiring about his future plans.

Academics play a big role in Peterson's decision as evidenced by his original commitment to Princeton of the Ivy League.

"I'm looking for a balance of both," Peterson said. "I know I'm not going to play basketball forever, and I know that academics are important. I do love basketball, though, and I want to be on a successful team that goes to the tournament and has great experiences."

Peterson enjoyed his official visit to Iowa City in early March, saying he clicked with the Hawkeye players.

The national letter of intent signing period began on April 11 and runs through May 16. Peterson said he was unsure when he would make his final decision but did indicate that he would not commit to Lickliter on the spot during Monday's in-home visit.

"I'll want to take some more time and talk it over with my family," Peterson said. "My mom and dad have been really helpful through all of this, and I'll want to talk it over with them and see what they thought (about the meeting)."


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