Each year coaches turn over as many rocks as possible with the seniors left on the board after the early signing period in search of that one late blooming impact player that could be a steal in the right situation.  Whether it be a late growth spurt, an injury, late development, or just one of those slipped through the cracks type situations there are always a handful of prospects who are diamonds in the rough.  Illinois has produced more than their fair share of those over the years and the 2018 class is no exception as forward Drew Peterson of Libertyville High School is still on the board.

Equipped with a 6-8 plus long wiry frame, Peterson is a 185 pound sharpshooting wing forward a high ceiling that has been significantly under recruited.  After starting out with a strong early April performance at the annual NY2LA Sports Swish N’ Dish Spring Warm-Up Peterson battled through some injuries in the spring and was never really at full health until later in the summer.  The result was flashes of his overall impact and potential but not the full picture as many have seen when he’s operating on all cylinders.  A long lean marksmen with the ability to face up and score from anywhere inside half court, Peterson could be one of the absolute steals in the 2018 class as his ceiling is far from tapped and overall instincts and shooting ability are advanced.

A solid athlete, Peterson sees the floor well but physically he’s far from a finished product with plenty of strength and explosion to be added at the next level making him an exceptionally intriguing talent who could see high caliber success at any collegiate level with continued development and maturity of both his physical tools and his skill package.  In the same fashion that Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin/NBA) or even a Taylor Bruninga (Illinois State) flew under the radars of a lot of schools only to prove their worth at the collegiate level, Peterson has a lot of similar characteristics and he looks and feels the part of one of those diamonds in the rough long term big picture wise.

An excellent student with scintillating test scores (He can qualify to go anywhere in the country), Peterson is already off to a stellar start during his senior year and he should build on an offer list that currently includes Bowling Green, IUPUI, Illinois-Chicago, Kent State, Loyola-Chicago, Tulane, William & Mary, etc.  Add to the mix interest from the likes of Michigan and most recently UNLV and it’s quite possible Peterson could emerge as one of the bigger stories of this high school season in the Midwest.  Make no mistake this young man can play and in the right system with the right coach he’s going to be an impact player that will cause at lot of sleepless nights and regret for coaches who slept on him when they had the chance to recruit him.

Peterson played with the Illinois Wolves during the grassroots travel season.