Hopkins' D.J. Peterson Gets Recruiting Looks

D.J. Peterson, a 6-foot-6 rising senior wing from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, has three scholarship offer to date and is one of the state's top players in the Class of 2010. GoldenSports.Neet recently caught up with Peterson at the Minnetonka Gopher Team Camp to learn the latest on his recruitment.

D.J. Peterson helped lead the Royals to a 31-0 mark, winning the Class AAAA state title with a 69-59 victory over Osseo. Peterson averaged 6.0 points per game coming off the bench on one of the most talented team in state history.

Peterson helped pace the Royals to a 27-2 mark as a sophomore, losing twice to state champion Minnetonka as he averaged 5.0 points per game.

Peterson currently has three scholarship offers from North Dakota State, Baylor and Wisconsin Green Bay. He visited Santa Clara and Wisconsin last fall and is hearing from several other schools.

"I talked to Creighton and I talked to Iowa once and St. Mary's. I still have three offers. Hopefully, in July.

Peterson is playing with Net Gain this summer and has a busy schedule in July as college coaches can finally see players.

"We go to Chicago and right from there we go to Milwaukee. Two weeks later, we go to Vegas and then we go to Arizona."

Peterson was able to keep busy in June as he attended the Minnesota, Marquette and Drake camps.

Peterson will be counted on heavily to provide leadership for the Royals, who will be without their starting five. The Royals lost Royce White, who signed with Minnesota, Trent Lockett, who is headed to Arizona State, Mike Broghammer, who inked with Notre Dame and Raymond Cowels, who signed to Santa Clara. Point guard Marcus Williams is headed to North Dakota State with the hopes of playing both sports.

Hopkins will still have plenty of talent as they welcome back Peterson, junior Marvin Singleton and Joe Coleman and sophomore Siyani Chambers.

Peterson previously told GoldenSports that he is working hard to improve his game and get ready for the upcoming season.

"The biggest thing for me is getting stronger and getting in the weight room. I think from there, I'll be good. Obviously, ballhandling since I am a guard."

The work in the weight room has paid off as Peterson has gotten stronger as well as taller this season.

"I'm just under 6-foot-6. Last year, I was about 6-foot-4."

Peterson said that the talent level pays off in practices as he faced several future college players.

"At the open gyms, it is a high level of basketball. We have some good games and stuff. Playing against Royce White and Trent Lockett. I don't think that you can get any better than doing that."

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