Peterson Favors Cincinnati, Kansas

Reporter Brian Towey has the latest on Jamine Peterson ...

Life under Bill Barton is sometimes a challenge for Jamine Peterson at Notre Dame Prep. However, the Brooklyn native seems to realize that the coach has his best interests at heart.

"It's different than high school, because it's stricter," said "Greedy" Peterson. "He always wants things his way."

Peterson played sparingly in the Boys Club of New York Holiday Classic championship on Saturday at Fordham University after an earlier disagreement with his coach, and Notre Dame fell to Northfield Mount Hermon in a 55-54 squeaker. And the sooner Greedy buys in, it seems, the more he'll see the floor.

The list of suitors for the ultra-athletic forward has only lengthened of late, with a number of power conferences represented.

"The schools recruiting me are Kansas, Rutgers, Miami, Maryland, Illinois, Memphis, St. John's, Providence, Cincinnati...there are a lot of other schools," said Peterson.

He favors two programs at the moment. "You mean schools I'm leaning towards?" said Peterson. "Kansas and Cincinnati."

Kansas took an interest in Greedy after catching him at the National Prep Showcase in November. And as for Cincinnati, a visit could be in the works.

"When I come back (from break), I'm going to take a visit to Cincinnati," said Peterson.

St. John's head man Norm Roberts was on hand for Notre Dame's win over Blair Academy on Friday evening.

Peterson, who formerly played at Boys and Girls High School in the Brooklyn PSAL for Ruth Lovelace, is an exceptional athlete who is working on his ball skills and consistency shooting the ball in order to make the transition to the wing full-time at the next level. He's an explosive leaper who out-quicks other players to rebounds, getting off the floor in an instant. He thrives in the transition game.

"College coaches like my energy and (ability to play) uptempo," said Peterson.

Peterson still has some academic hurdles to clear in order to be eligible next fall. That hasn't stopped the interest from accumulating, and in fact, his following only appears to be growing.

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