Zach Peters and Team Texas struggled through much of the morning, falling in their first two games before bouncing back to finish pool play with a win over the undefeated Colorado Chaos. Despite the struggles, it was clear that Peters is a great prospect for the future.
Boasting a well-developed, 6'9 240lb frame, it's no surprise that
Peters spent the majority of his time playing down low for Team Texas.
Outside of The Life's Chris Coleman (6'10, 275lbs), Peters is the most
physically imposing and college-ready prospect in the tournament. More
impressive than the physique, though, is the athleticism that he shows.
He moves very well for a kid of his size, showing good elevation, good
lateral quickness, and excellent body control.
Offensively, Peters is still developing in the post. He struggled with
the smaller defenders he faced, as his tendency to bring the ball to
his hips – rather than keeping the ball above his head – led to quite a
few steals in all three games. However, he shows good fundamental
footwork and already has the comfort level to use both shoulders down
low. When Peters made quick decisions and used his strength to get
toward the bucket, he was unstoppable underneath. His hesitation in the
post – he can be a bit deliberate at times – is something that will
disappear with experience against bigger and more athletic opponents.
Working from the elbow seemed to be where Peters was most comfortable.
He displayed a nice shot fake and the ability to jab-step his defender
to open up the lane, and he uses his excellent body control to help him
finish in the lane without drawing charges. Though he didn't take many
outside shots (if any at all) in the games, his mechanics look fine in
warmups and he hits those shots at a high rate. There's no reason to
think Peters can't be an excellent mid-range shooter as a power forward.
On the defensive end, Peters has the shoulders and arm length to make
him a high-level rebounder in college. When his effort was focused on
rebounding, he was a force on both ends of the court, but at times he
tended toward ball-watching rather than attacking for boards. Given
Team Texas' thin lineup (only 6 players in attendance, 1 of which spent
most of the day suffering from cramps), it appeared that Peters elected
to stay clear of fouls and shot-block attempts. He doesn't look to be a
natural shot-blocker, however.
As far as early commitments go, Peters is a good get. He's got a
college-ready body and a full two years of high school left to refine
his game. Kansas fans have a lot to look forward to in Zach Peters.
Phog First Look: Zach Peters
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