The rugged 6-5 Boys and Girls H.S. product is better known as "Greedy." And after watching him play in just a few games, it's easy to understand why.
"It's been my nickname since I was about three years old," he said.
Simply put, the 208 pound senior can be an absolute terror in the low post, hoarding points and rebounds like the Cookie Monster devours Chips Ahoy cookies.
A bit undersized for the major college level, the athletic Peterson said that he has heard from programs such as Iowa State, Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, Stony Brook and UMass. He's hoping to take an unofficial visit to UMass for the school's Midnight Madness celebration next month, but realistically, it's looking like prep school for Peterson in 2006-2007.
But the Rutgers staff is keeping an eye on Peterson's progress. He could be a player that might land on their "A" list depending upon how Peterson continues to improve his individual game.
On that note, he said his coaches at Boys and Girls have fielded preliminary calls from prep programs like St. Benedict's in New Jersey, South Kent in Connecticut and Genesis One in Mississippi.
For now, opponents in New York's Public School Athletic League will need to be on guard from Peterson. Lincoln High School has been the dominant force in the PSAL over the past five years.
"This year, we are trying to take the whole thing in the PSAL," Peterson said.
At the Charlie Weber Fall Hoop Fest this past weekend, Peterson was a major factor in the Student Athlete Broncos' playoff run. While he still did most of his handiwork in the paint, he showed the ability to step out for the occasional midrange jumper.
"I already have the inside game," he said. "Now I am trying to develop my outside game."