2012 Intro: Zach Peters

North Carolina hosted a 2012 post prospect last weekend who is already a repeat visitor to the Smith Center.

Making his third trip to North Carolina, Zach Peters knew what to expect on his trip to see the Tar Heels, but said he was still impressed with the campus, atmosphere and coaching staff.

"We got to sit front row, which was pretty cool," Peters said. "All of the North Carolina people were so nice. Before the game they did that 'Jump Around' thing and were dancing and the fans were crazy and were right on top of the court. I just think it would be really cool to play there."

Peters, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound big man out of Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian, said the Tar Heels began recruiting him two summers ago. They've sent an assistant coach to see him this year, and they keep in constant contact with his father, Tim.

"I started seeing North Carolina (coaches) and they call my dad," Peters said. "So they don't talk to me, so I'm not really a big part of that, which I like. I don't really want to deal with all that right now.

"I went up there last year when they played Miami. Then this summer they let me go up there and play with the pros in the Dean Smith Center for four nights. Then I just went there again. Each time I've loved it. It's awesome up there."

Peters (right) with Randle at the Smith Center for UNC vs. Ga. Tech on Jan. 16, 2010
Although Peters admits that he's nowhere near ready to make his college choice, he did say he has a list of his top six schools. The six include North Carolina, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Baylor. He claims scholarship offers everyone on the list except UNC and Kentucky.

"I have thought about it, but every time I think about it, it makes me not want to think about it," Peters said when asked about making an early decision. "Right now I'm just at the point where if I don't feel like it's right then I'm not going to do anything."

With his North Carolina visit complete, Peters - who is taking visits with teammate and 2013 standout Julius Randle - plans to visit Kentucky this coming weekend and then Kansas and Oklahoma sometime in the next month or so.

On the year Peters' team stands at 27-3 and he's averaging 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. The talented big man said he's progressively gotten better as the year has progressed.

"I think I'm playing the best I can right now," Peters said. "I'm being more aggressive. My ball handling has increased a lot since the beginning of the season and I've really worked on that."

Scouting Report
by Evan Daniels

"Loved how hard he posted and his aggressive nature on the offensive end. He's got a nice set of hands, good touch around the basket and he has the ability to face up for jumpers to 15-feet." (Kreul Classic, Dec. 2009)

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