Former Lincoln Player Chooses The Big 12

Reporter Brian Towey has a commitment story on former Lincoln High School star Devon Peterson, who has made a commitment to a school in the Big 12 conference ...

Devon Peterson is headed to the Big 12.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard and former Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln standout is spending the 2008-2009 school year at Cloud County (Kan.) Community College as a full time, non-basketball playing student while he gets his grades in order.

His plan is to have the next three at Kansas State. after making a verbal commitment to the Big 12 program this week.

"He goes up there (to Kansas St.) every weekend," said Cloud County basketball coach Kevin Muff, whose school in Concordia, Kan., is about an hour northwest of K-State's Manhattan, Kan., campus.

"I think he feels very comfortable (with the program). He's going to school here, but I think he feels like he's already part of their program. He's very comfortable with the (Kansas St. players)."

Peterson, who signed with Hofstra out of high school but did not qualify academically, averaged 19.6 points as a freshman at Broward (Fla.) College during the 2007-2008 season. He enrolled at Cloud County last summer.

"I think having three years (of playing eligibility) is a big plus for him," said Muff. "I think (the Kansas St. staff) likes what he's proven that he can do. He put up big numbers as a freshman in a good conference. I think they like his athleticism. I really like his ability to get to the hoop, and he's unselfish and gets other people involved, too."

Muff expects Peterson to be at Cloud County through the summer of 2009 while he works in the classroom at gaining three years of eligibility.

"He'll probably be here next summer," said Muff. "It's probably definite."

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