James Peters Report

This is an analysis of sophomore James Peters of Butler County JC in Eldorado, KS. When reading this, take into consideration this is the only game I've seen James play in. Also realize that the Butler team that James plays on is not very good and the level of competition isn't great either. A very interesting side note is that Butler's head coach, Dennis Helms, also coached UNLV great Larry Johnson at Odessa JC back in 1988...

This is an analogy of sophomore James Peters of Butler County JC in Eldorado, KS. When reading this, take into consideration this is the only game I've seen James play in. Also realize that the Butler team that James plays on is not very good and the level of competition isn't great either. A very interesting side note is that Butler's head coach, Dennis Helms, also coached UNLV great Larry Johnson at Odessa JC back in 1988. Helms appeared to be a poor mans version of Bobby Knight with is antics on the sideline.

Peters started at center, played about 32 minutes and finished with 13 points (on 5 of 9 shooting), 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He was 3 for 5 from the line (appeared to have a good stroke), and had 1 steal and 1 turnover.

James was the best player on the floor, however he is not a go-to-guy in the post like other Rebel recruit J.K. Edwards. Most of Edwards points come from offensive boards, cutting to the basket, and getting out on the fast break.

Peters is at least 6-8 and 220 pounds. He has a very long/lean body, but is still a strong player. His build is similar to UNLV forward Dalron Johnson, but Peters appeared to be stronger and he plays with more intensity than Dalron.

Peters is a good post defender and can even come out and defend the perimeter. He flies off the floor making him an effective shot blocker both from the weak side and on his own man.

James crashed the boards hard, especially on the offensive end.

He contests every shot possible, but appeared to be foul prone.

Peters appeared to have good hands. He passed the ball well, and played within the system never forcing the issue.

He appears comfortable with either hand around the basket, showing a good touch. James also appears a capable shooter out to about 15 feet. He drained a lot of 3's and jumpshots in the warm-ups, but didn't shoot any during the game.

The Good: Peters is an athletic big man, which is something UNLV needs. He's not a scorer, but is capable of a double-double if given sufficient minutes. He gets off the floor very quick as evident by a couple thunder dunks and blocked shots. He defends the post well, plays bigger than 6-8, and listens to his coaches.

The Bad: He doesn't have many moves off the dribble, so he won't be creating his own shots. He doesn't fight for position every time he should, and sometimes goes to sleep on the defensive glass.

Overall: I'd say (after watching one game) that he is a combination of Patrick Savoy and Chris Richarson, though he is bigger and stronger than both. He should really help the frontcourt on both ends of the court next year and he appears very coachable. I'd start Dalron and Edwards, and bring Peters and Amundson off the bench.



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