That's exactly what Zach Peters did last weekend at the Kansas City Classic AAU tournament. With Team Texas missing several of its regular players, the 2012 Kansas commit spent much of his time on the perimeter defensively.
But the thing is, he didn't hate his temporary assignment. In fact, he
rather enjoyed himself.
"I like it better," Peters said. "I think it's more fun."
It was a rough weekend for Team Texas, who opened play first thing
Saturday morning and ended late that night, with a 2-2 record.
Undermanned and showing signs of wearing down, Peters and Co. wrapped
up their tournament with an early loss on Sunday.
Right now, Team Texas is smack in the middle of a brutal schedule.
Having participated at a talent-rich Nike Elite Youth Basketball League
event in Houston two weeks ago, they followed that with the trip to
Kansas City, and will hit another EYBL tournament in Los Angeles this
Despite the losses, Peters considered the Kansas City trip a valuable
"I look at it as conditioning for L.A. next weekend," the 6-foot-9, 240
pound power forward said. "And any weekend you can get out and play and
develop your game is a good one. So win or lose we still had a good
weekend as far as that goes."
It also gave Peters a chance to play in front of crowds rich with
Kansas fans, eager to see the future Jayhawk in action for the first
He didn't disappoint. Known for his extremely physical style of play,
the big man displayed surprising athleticism and ball handling acumen
as well, leading fast breaks, rising for powerful dunks and showing an
array of post moves on the low block.
Playing with such intensity isn't without its consequences, however,
and Peters was looking forward to a week of recuperation before heading
to Los Angeles.
"I feel like I got in a car wreck," he said, smiling. "I can't even
walk right now. It's nothing big, just everything is tweaked
Previously Peters had contemplated attending Head Coach Bill Self's
Elite Camp, to be held the first week in June. He won't make the camp,
but will visit campus unofficially on June 6.
Peters Valued KC Trip
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