Class of 2016 Guard Lamar Peters Update

Class of 2016 MBA Hoops point guard Lamar Peters, who played in last weekend's Adidas Memorial Day Classic, talks about his versatility and how his recruitment is going.

  • Name: Lamar Peters
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: Landry Walker High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • AAU Team: New Orleans Elite 17U
  • Position: Point Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-1, 165
  • Ranking: 3-Star
  • Colleges of Interest: Baylor, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Illinois, ULL, LSU, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas, Tulane, Tulsa, Wake Forest

  • When you watch Peters play, a couple of things that you notice about him is not only how well he plays the point guard position but also how well he shoots the ball.

    "As a freshman I was starting opposite of Tyree Griffin who is at Oklahoma State now," said Peters. "I was off the ball a lot. I used to be a standup shooter. I was using him to create for me. When he graduated last year I had to become the point guard. So, now I can do both pretty well."

    Peter is playing for one of the top AAU teams in the south, the New Orleans Elite. Peters feels that playing for such a high caliber AAU program has helped his overall game.

    "It helps me a lot because it is preparing me for college," he said. "And by playing on the Adidas circuit I am playing against some of the top players in the nation. It not only prepares me for college but for even after college, the NBA. So, it is a great opportunity."

    Obviously, what he is doing is paying off in a big way because he has a large number of offers.

    "I have offers from LSU, Baylor, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Illinois, Texas, ULL, Wake Forest, Gonzaga, Tulsa and Tulane," said Peters. "Connecticut and Miami are showing interest but they haven't offered yet."

    Of the programs that have offered him, one is really standing out at the moment.

    "I love Mississippi State because they are showing the most interest in me," said Peters. "They are coming at me the hardest, and they are showing me how much they want me over there. The first week of June I have a visit set up to go to Mississippi State. I am looking forward to the visit because I love Mississippi State basketball."

    The assistant coach recruiting him for Mississippi State is Korey McCray. Peters and McCray have a relationship that goes all the way back to Peters' freshman season.

    "I have been knowing Coach McCray because he was recruiting me when he was at LSU," said Peters. "He jumped on me my 9th grade year when he was at LSU. When he got to Mississippi State he offered me."

    He explained why McCray likes him so well.

    "Coach McCray and (Mississippi State head) Coach (Ben) Howland like my competitiveness," said Peters. "I am a competitor and like to play hard. Every time I get on the court I feel like I have a point to prove because I feel like I am underrated. So every time I step on the court I give it my all."

    Although Peters knows McCray much better than he knows Coach Howland, he does know Howland's reputation for putting point guards in the NBA.

    "I know that Coach Howland was at UCLA and coached (point guards) Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holliday, Darren Collison and Jordan Farmar," said Peters. "I am trying to get to the league so I know that he knows some things that will help me get there"

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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