It's rare that a middle school kid "plays up" but it's something that L.J. Peak has been doing for quite some time. Two years ago as an eighth grader Peak was playing for Gaffney High school on the varsity level and making huge contributions to the always competitive Indians. This past season as a freshman Peak asserted himself as one of the state's best players regardless of age or position. His work there and on the AAU circuit has already garnered him three early verbal offers and a ton of schools showering him with attention early on. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Peak early this week as he's the latest player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series!
To say his freshman was a success would be putting it lightly as Peak recalled his season averages for us.
"Last year I averaged 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists."
Peak's abilities has schools from all over the country showing him early love and as mentioned before he already holds three verbal offers. So what is it that Peak says he's best at when he's on the hardwood and what has he been working on this offseason?
"I'm good at getting to the basket and dunking with my leaping ability. This off season I'm just developing my overall game."
This off season Peak is playing with Team Heat on the AAU circuit and he talked about how his squad has fared so far.
"Everything is going real good with Team Heat. We came in fourth at Nationals and second at Peach State. We will attend the Showcase in Florida next."
When asked to compare his game to somebody else's Peak came with another former Palmetto State standout.
"My game is a lot like Murphy Holloway."
College coaches are showing him the kind of love Holloway received during his recruitment early on too. Peak talked about where things stand currently and what schools have already offered.
Peak says the Gamecocks are recruiting him the hardest out of everybody to this point. The 2014 prospect doesn't have a leader at this point as he told us he's open to all schools in terms of recruiting.
Given his early success and drive to succeed expect L.J. Peak to continue his rise in the 2014 rankings. SCPrepNation.com and the Scout.com team will continue to track his development and recruitment so stay tuned for more with Peak right here!
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