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Sitting at 5-4 and looking to make a change, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon told the media last week that freshman Roddy Peters was the "clear cut" best option at point guard for his team. The implication was that Peters would start the following game against Boston College.
Four days and two games later, Peters has been named the ACC's Rookie of the Week.
Peters started both games last week for the Terrapins, wins over Boston College and Florida Atlantic, while averaging 8.0 points and 4.0 assists per game. He turned the ball over six times, but his individual assist-to-turnover ratio was much better over that stretch than the overall team average had been before that point.
Before the win over Boston College, Maryland was averaging 0.85 assists for every one turnover. In two games, Peters averaged 1.33 assists for every one turnover.
His defense is still a work in progress, part of the reason that Nick Faust saw so much time as the lead guard against Florida Atlantic. But it is undeniable the ripple effect that Peters creates when he plays point guard.
With his size and savvy in transition, junior Dez Wells is freed up in space and able to create away from the ball without the responsibility of having to run an offense. Peters is Maryland's most impressive passer and has shown the ability to penetrate and get into the paint, then find players in a position to score around the rim.
On the season, Peters is averaging 6.5 points and 3.5 assists in just over 20 minutes per game.