Providence Gets Greedy

When the Friars struck out on a number of talented prospects in the fall, many PC fans began to fret. All along, though, PC had targeted Jamine "Greedy" Peterson, and now, the Friars have landed Greedy.

Peterson, a 6'5 1/2, 215 pound combo forward from Notre Dame Prep, called the PC offices and committed to the school on Thursday morning. He had taken a visit to Providence and had taken in the Friars game against Cincinnati on Tuesday night.

``He's gone to a few of their games and he really got along with the guys," Notre Dame coach Bill Barton told Scout.com. "Plus, he liked the fact that it was a small school."

``Providence has a history of graduating kids from Notre Dame Prep," Barton added. "I think it was a good choice." Barton was referring to Notre Dame Prep alum Ryan Gomes and Marcus Douthit.

``Greedy is a lot like P.J. Tucker, just not at that level yet," Barton said. "He rebounds and attacks the basket with anybody. Providence assistants Allen Griffin and Steve Demeo did a terrific job."

Peterson has a reputation as a tough, gritty, physical player who also possesses outstanding athletic ability. Considered an explosive leaper, Greedy is a highlight film dunker and beats opponents to rebounds with his quickness.

"He is working on several things in his game," Barton said. "It's all about understanding what to do when someone sets a pick or screen for you. He is going through that adjustment and is getting better."

"Posting up and driving to the hole is where I'm most comfortable right now," Peterson told Kansas.com. "That's why right now I'm working on my shooting whenever I can. I am trying to improve my jumper and defense. Some people say that I play like Dominique Wilkins, Shawn Marion or Jason Richardson."

Peterson watched the PC-Cincinnati game with an eye towards where he would fit in best. "I think Providence is a great choice," said Peterson. "I think what I can do will fit in. I like to run. They like to run."

Peterson first made a name for himself on the courts at IS8 in New York City and at Boy's & Girl's High in Brooklyn. He averaged 22.0 ppg, 14.9 rpg and 2.1 apg in 2005-06 for Boy's & Girl's before moving on for a prep year at Notre Dame Prep.

Peterson has a high octane motor and is the type of player who can be utilized in several spots on the court. While he needs to improve his jumper, Greedy gets to the hoop at will, can defend the wing and can duck inside and play with a football mentality.

Greedy played for Real Scout at the IS8 playoffs last fall and opened a lot of eyes with a 32 point performance in a 94-81 win over the Playaz Club of New Jersey. He followed that up with 57 points and 20 rebounds in two games at the National Prep Showcase in early January and 25 points on 10-18 shooting, with 6 rebounds in a 105-82 win over Laurinburg Institute at the Big Apple Basketball High School Basketball Invitational at Hunter College a week later.

According to an interview with Kansas' Scout site, don't get the wrong idea about his nickname. The nickname comes from innocent enough beginnings. "My uncle gave it to me when I was three years old," says Peterson. "I was just being greedy, I wanted everything."

While improving academics remain a must for Peterson, schools like Cincinnati, Kansas, Illinois and others all clamored for his services. But Providence's proximity to his home, along with their persistence, ultimately paid off. With Greedy's commitment, the Friars now have one scholarship to offer, barring any unforeseen situations arising.

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