North Carolina Forward Drawing Looks

After missing out on JUCO post player Josh Harrellson recently, the Saint Louis University basketball coaches are searching for size to add to the Billikens' recruiting class for next season. The coaching staff may have found an unsigned sleeper prospect with size in North Carolina.

Rodrigo Peggau, a native of Brazil, is a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward at The Patterson School in North Carolina who had signed with James Madison but was released from his letter of intent after a coaching change.

"Basically he's just taking his time," Patterson coach Chris Chaney said on Tuesday. "After what happened at James Madison, he's taking his time looking at schools. He was at the College of Charleston last week. If he has a choice, I think he'd like to stay in the South or on the East Coast. But he's smart enough to look at all of his options. He's a great kid and great player, but unfortunately he got hurt in the beginning of the season and didn't play much this year."

Peggau, who played at the Calverton School in Huntington, Md., before transferring to Patterson, has flown under the radar because of his knee injury he suffered several months back and then signing with JMU.

"A lot of people don't know he's still out there," Chaney said. "We didn't want it to get too crazy, because everybody's still looking for big kids. He's trying to get a couple schools and take a look at them."

Chaney said Peggau's only scholarship offer at this time is from Charleston, though other schools have been in touch and will be trying to get the big forward in for a visit in the next few weeks after he graduates from Patterson later this month.

"If everybody knew we had athletic, very skilled big guy left my phone would be ringing off the hook," Chaney said.

Peggau's connection to Saint Louis U. is Billikens assistant coach Paul Biancardi.

"Me and Paul are pretty good friends," Chaney said. "I guess they found out about him and our looking at that position. It could be a good fit, but the only drawback is the location."

The Patterson coach said Peggau is looking for the right fit.

"He wants a place he can feel comfortable with the coaches and play right away," Chaney said. "That's very important for him, especially after not playing this season."

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