According to the six-foot-five inch forward who is prepping for a year at Fitchburg (MA) Notre Dame, the nickname comes from innocent enough beginnings.
“My uncle gave it to me when I was three years old,” says Peterson. “I was just being greedy, I wanted everything.”
Now, that greed extends to the basketball court where his high energy play allows him to gobble up rebounds and loose balls at an alarming clip. During last weekend’s National Prep Showcase, Peterson also stole all of the attention from coaches and scouts thanks to racking up 57 points and 20 rebounds in just two games against high level prep school competition.
“I just wanted to come out and get on the offensive and defensive glass,” Peterson told Phog.Net. “I wanted to play fast and make some plays.”
A quick leaper who explodes for jams in traffic, Peterson is a unique player in that he’s not your traditional wing. He’ll be the first to admit that his jumper needs some work, but he’s almost unstoppable getting to the hoop and he moves his feet very well on the perimeter allowing him to defend the wing with ease. Combine that with his intensity and non stop motor and you get a guy who has seen his stock soar.
“Posting up and driving to the hole is where I’m most comfortable right now,” said Peterson. “That’s why right now I’m working on my shooting whenever I can. Some people say that I play like Dominique Wilkins, Shawn Marion or Jason Richardson.”
According to Peterson he’s been hearing from Miami, Memphis, Rutgers, Providence, Massachusetts and Iowa State. His best early offer was Providence but he’s been told that most of the other schools on his list will be offering soon.
One other school that recently got involved is Kansas.
“They just started recruiting me here like a week or so ago,” said Peterson of the Jayhawks. “Kansas, they’re real good and they’re in the Big 12 a tough conference. They’ve got a good team and they’re always playing against top players.”
The Jayhawk staff has explained to him that they may be in need of some wing help.
“They want me to come in and maybe replace Brandon Rush,” said Peterson. “They’re not sure if he’s staying or not and they want somebody in case he leaves.”
Coming off of his hot weekend, Peterson is waiting to see who else gets involved. He’d like to take some visits during the winter and plans on being ready to sign as soon as the spring period rolls around.
“I’m going to play this string out a little more and see what happens,” said Peterson. “Then I want to take some visits and make a decision.”