COUGAR HOOPS RECRUITING ROUNDUP

COUGAR HOOPS RECRUITING ROUNDUP

KEN BONE WILL play host to a 6-10, 260-pound center prospect in the very near future, the recruit tells Cougfan.com. Here's the rundown on the big man plus a lot more on Wazzu hoops recruiting..

Richard Peters out of Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix was planning on officially visiting Wazzu this weekend but instead will come out the following weekend.

"We had to reschedule it for the weekend of October 1, we got all my transcript information too late so we had to push it back a week," said Peters.

In a school, Peters is looking at all the normal things you often hear from a recruit – education, good coaches, comfortable environment, etc. But he also has one other criteria specifically in mind.

"I'm looking for a school that emphasizes the big man," said Peters. "Some colleges aren't based on the big man, because they don't need that to win games. But I'm a big time guy, and I like to big-time rebound.

"And Washington State and coach Ken Bone, he was telling me they need someone to replace (DeAngelo) Casto, that they really need someone on the inside to do those things he did. And the opportunity to come in and do that, and no disrespect to the guys that are there but it sounds like they don't have anyone to take Casto's spot this year. So I'm grateful just for the opportunity to be considered for it."

PETERS HAS BEEN offered by Washington State, Washington, Indiana, Seton Hall, Clemson, Auburn and Texas Tech.

"Coach Bone told me for one, he likes my frame," said Peters. "I'm not some skinny dude, I'm 6-10, 260 and I can move. I'm mobile and I can finish with my left hand or right hand… I can shoot, I have some range, and my potential in the Pac-12, and potential is a dangerous word, but they really like my athleticism and (high ceiling.)"

PETERS SAID DURING the spring and early summer that UW was his favorite. As often happens in recruiting, however, things have changed. Peters was a 3-star, 2011 prospect but did not qualify and has been reclassified to the 2012 class. And that has changed the dynamics of his recruitment with the Huskies.

"Back then, Washington was my main one but in the 2012 class, they said only have two scholarships and they are recruiting four players, so that kind of discouraged me a little bit. So I am now open to everyone and I have everyone back (on equal footing). So we'll see how my visit to Washington State goes and to some other schools," said Peters, who has not yet set dates for possible trips to UW and others.

"Obviously, Richard's big impact is his size. He is long and takes up a lot of space. If he gets in shape, he has potential to be very good," said Westwind head man Adam Desautels.

"I'm just getting better and better, I'm working harder and harder. I just want to be the best I can be," said Peters.

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NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Peters is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. He moved to Westwind Prep after a year at Brewster Prep in New Hampshire, (Reggie Moore is also a product of Brewster.) The year before, Peters attended The Sagemont School in Westin, Fla. He originally committed to Oklahoma out of high school over multiple offers.

  • Peters isn't the only player at Westwind Prep that Bone is targeting. Demarquise Johnson (SF, 6-5, 185) also holds an offer from Wazzu. "Q" officially visited Pullman a few weeks ago. He has narrowed his final list down to four – WSU, UNLV, Gonzaga and UW. Visits are planned for UW this weekend and UNLV at a later date. He was scheduled to trip to Gonzaga this past weekend. CF.C will continue to try and reach Q for a report on his visit and an update on his recruiting process.

  • Other prospects on the Wazzu radar, to name a few, include Oakland PF Richard Longrus, C Darien Nelson-Henry out of Kirkland, junior college C Waverly Austin out of Heat Academy in Virginia and SF Jordan Tebbutt from Oak Hill Academy, also in Virginia. Cleanthony Early (6-8, 220), a highly recruited junior college forward verbally committed to Wichita State earlier this week over offers from WSU, Alabama, Baylor, SDSU and others. Early, the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Player of the Year as a freshman last season averaged 20.8 points for Sullivan County (N.Y.) Community College.

  • WSU has four seniors on the roster. Does Wazzu plan on filling all four spots in this upcoming recruiting class? How many does WSU project to sign during the early and regular signing periods? Are any walk-ons in line to earn a scholie? CF.C talks to Bone and asks him those questions and more in an article due out Monday on Cougfan.com.

    Chris Chancellor, Nick Daschel and Howie Stalwick contributed to this report
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