Peters Tours the Nation's Best

Zach Peters has been on the radar of top college programs for over a year. The sophomore-to-be is being recruited from coast to coast and began his summer with a trio of trips to top programs. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with the Plano Prestonwood forward.

Plano Prestonwood 2012 forward Zach Peters has been on a tour of some of the top college campus during the month of June. The 6-7.5, 220-pounder has been to several college campus from coast to coast in the last year and the month of June.

Peters started with the Kansas Elite Camp followed by a trip to North Carolina before taking in the Texas Elite Camp last Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, the sophomore to be talked about the trio of unofficial visits.

"I started off at Kansas," Peters said. "I haven't really always been a Kansas fan, but it seemed like a great place. Bill Self had a good team last year and they are good coaches. They are remodeling all of the facilities and they will be nice. I went to UNC second. I didn't go to the camp, but played with the players in pick-up games at night. The first game I was a little nervous and tired because we got in that day, but after that I feel like I did well. Their freshmen coming in are really good. I got to talk to Roy Williams. I like his coaching style."

Peters went on to add, "After UNC, I went to Texas. Texas was probably my favorite. Last year my whole team came, but this year it was just me so that was different. I love the facilities, Coach Barnes and Coach Springmann."

In between the Kansas camp and trip to UNC, the talented forward traveled to Houston for s couple of days to work with John Lucas. With four workouts over a two-month period behind him, he has a terrific feel for just what type of work Lucas expects.

"It's amazing. The stuff he does is amazing. The condition is amazing. If you went for a month you would be a conditioned athlete. He talks to me about swagger. He wants me to be meaner, rip through and attack. We do a lot of guard drills and he wants me to be a wing. Playing against the tough competition makes the game slower when I go back and play against guys my age," Peters said.

Peters is considered a gym rat by those that know him and that has certainly been the case since the end of the season. With that being said, it comes without surprise that Peters feels like he has improved in key areas.

"Probably my face up game is where I've improved the most. Posting up, turning and facing is what I've been working on. Ball handling too," Peters said.

When it comes to the recruiting process and eventual decision-making process, Peters says he is following the advice of his father.

"My dad always tells me to enjoy the journey, so I'm keeping my options open and enjoying the journey. Whenever it feels like it's the right time, I'll make my decision. I don't know when that will be," Peters said.

Peters averaged 17.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 20 games for Prestonwood Christian, who advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs before losing to TCA-Addison. Peters scored 26 in the loss after scoring 31 earlier in the season against TCA-Addison, who Prestonwood had beaten twice previous before the playoff loss.


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