The Maryland Terrapins on Wednesday made official the signing of two top recruits for their 2013 class. Guard Roddy Peters from Suitland, Md. and forward Damonte Dodd from Centreville, Va. have agreed to letters of intent to play for Mark Turgeon.
The 6’4” Peters is ranked as a five-star prospect and the 19th prospect overall by 247Sports.com. ESPN has him listed as the eighth best point guard in the 2013 class.
Coach Turgeon made a statement on Peters via a school press release.
“Roddy is a great kid and comes from a great family. He’s a great example of us trying to keep the best local players home at Maryland. Roddy loves Maryland and we recruit that - kids that love it here and really want to be here. He has excellent court vision, a great feel for the game and his length at his position is a great asset. He's an unselfish basketball player that is all about winning.”
Peters himself described why he chose Maryland in the same release:
“I really liked the coaching staff and I’m looking forward to playing and learning from Coach [Mark] Turgeon. Coach [Dalonte] Hill and I really bonded during this process.”
"Maryland basketball has great history and a rich tradition. I loved watching Steve Francis, Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez play. I am just excited to have the opportunity to continue playing basketball at the University of Maryland."
Dodd is listed at 6’9” and comes to College Park as the 12th ranked center by 247Sports.com. He is considered a three-star prospect.
Turgeon had this to say about the local product:
“Damonte will be fun to coach and he really has big upside. He plays extremely hard and he strives to get better every day. He's almost 6-foot-10 and still growing. He runs, rebounds, and blocks shots, and his best years on the basketball court are ahead of him. He fits the mold of who we recruit as an unselfish and good kid.”
Dodd himself expressed a comfort level with the Maryland staff:
“When the coaching staff came to see me play, I was just very excited. With Maryland being so close to home and so many people from my family, friends and high school coaches wanting me to go to Maryland, it was an easy decision. I like to make people happy so that weighed into my decision, but most of all I knew Maryland was the right place for me.”
“The coaching staff is like a family and they really look after their guys. Ultimately, everyone wants to make it to the NBA but they really emphasized getting your education, and that’s something that’s very important to me. You never know what happens, so my education is my first priority and the University of Maryland is a great school.”
247Sports.com now has the Maryland 2013 class rated as 21st best in the country.