Jeff Peterson Picks Hawkeyes

Jeff Peterson met with Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter on Monday night, but didn't commit to the Hawkeyes. A day later, he did. HN.com caught up with Peterson Wednesday to talk about his decision. Read all about it in the HN.com Premium Recruiting update.

When HN.com last spoke with Jeff Peterson, he was sorting through thoughts about his meeting with Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter on Monday night. The point guard seemed likely to select the Hawkeyes, but he wanted to go over things one more time.

That process took 24 hours. Peterson called Lickliter on Tuesday night and pledged his allegiance to Iowa.

"Yeah, I felt pretty good when he left here on Monday night," Peterson said. "I just didn't want to rush into anything. But I knew it was really something I wanted to do after I met him."

Peterson averaged 15 points and nine assists as a senior for DeMatha Catholic in suburban Washington D.C. He originally committed to Princeton but reopened his recruitment this spring after bigger schools showed interested. He selected Iowa ahead of Princeton and Saint Louis, both schools are in the process of searching for coaches.

"Yeah, that certainly factored in," the 6-foot, 185-pound Peterson said. "The other two places don't have coaches and I feel pretty confident that Coach Lickliter will be around for my four years, at least."

Peterson came close to committing to Iowa at the beginning of last month, but was sent into limbo when Coach Steve Alford left for New Mexico. When Lickliter came in, he continued to pursue the point guard.

"I really enjoyed my visit to Iowa," Peterson said. "I really wanted to commit there but when Coach Alford left it really put everything on hold. I really didn't know a lot about Coach Lickliter until he met with me, and that sealed it."

Peterson said that having an opportunity to play right away factored into his decision.

"(Lickliter) hasn't promised me anything, but he likes to have two (ball) handlers on the court at the same time," Peterson said. "Right now, Tony Freeman is the primary ball handler and they don't have much else. That will give me a chance to make an impact right away and possibly start. A lot will depend on what I do."

Peterson happily put to rest a sometimes taxing recruiting process. From his Princeton verbal to selecting Iowa it has been a roller coaster of sorts.

"It's been neat because I always dreamed about playing basketball at the highest level," he said. "But it's also been stressful. When you get calls and text messages at one in the morning and people are asking six and seven times a day where you're going, you sometimes wonder where it ends. But it's done now and I still have a lot of work to do in order to play at the Big Ten level."

Peterson, who moved to DC from Springfield. MO., before his freshman season of high school, describes himself as a "true point guard that's unselfish and likes to get everybody involved."

"I definitely can score and create my own shot when I have to, but my first goal is to get others involved and encourage people," he said.

Peterson plans on working on all aspects of his game from defense to conditioning to being more vocal before he comes out to start summer school in June. He expects to play in the Prime Time League, a summer competition in North Liberty.


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