Peters impressed by Kansas crowd

When Zach Peters gave his verbal commitment to Kansas in April, it's fair to say the decision was an informed one.

Having visited the Kansas campus unofficially for a pair of games during the 2009-2010 season, he decided early that he wanted to be a Jayhawk. In the months since he's continued to make visits to the Lawrence, Kan. campus, most recently for Saturday's nationally-televised match-up with Kansas State.

And though he'd seen first hand just how raucous the crowd at Allen Fieldhouse can be, nothing he'd previous witnessed prepared him for the electricity in the air when the two teams took the floor Saturday night.

"I haven't been to a Kansas State game yet, so I had no idea what to expect," said Peters, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound junior power forward from Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian Academy. "But that's a whole different story from most games. The crowd was so loud, I saw people with earplugs."

Peters – who was joined by both of his parents and his brother on the visit – was far from the only prep athlete in attendance. The weekend was a big one for the Jayhawks on the recruiting front, as Class of 2012 studs Perry Ellis, Nino Jackson and Kaleb Tarczewski, as well as local Class of 2013 standout Ishmael Wainwright, were all on campus for unofficial visits of their own.

Most of the prospects were familiar with each other to one degree or another – a product of crossing paths on the AAU circuit, during camps or on previous visits to Kansas. But Peters was able to spend some time with Tarczewski in particular.

"It's great that was his first (visit for a game)," he said, of the highly-rated junior center. "Because after that, any other school he goes to is not going to match up with Kansas. I really think he liked it a lot."

Back in Plano, the high school basketball season is entering the home stretch, and the Lions are picking up major steam - emerging victorious in their last eight games.

While he continues to work on his all-around game, Peters acknowledged there was one area that required more focus than the rest.

"I need to work on being more aggressive," he said. "I don't take enough shots right now. Coach Self was telling me that, too. He wants me to be more aggressive with my moves."


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