Roddy Peters tips caps to Dixon, won't wear No. 3

Roddy Peters tips caps to Dixon, won't wear No. 3
August 2, 2013, 11:00 am
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What's the most lasting memory of a player wearing No. 3 in College Park? That was 2002, when point guard Juan Dixon led Maryland to a national championship in Atlanta.

Dixon, who came to coach Gary Williams' program as a local standout and left as a Maryland legend, then got drafted 17th overall in the 2002 NBA Draft.

Is it time for someone else to carry the torch?

It appeared freshman Roddy Peters was poised to do so, being listed for the past few weeks on Maryland's official website as No. 3. But things have changed.

As of today, Peters is listed as No. 2 and it was Peters' choice to pay respect to Dixon by switching, head coach Mark Turgeon told CSN.

"It leaked out way too early and we’ve been traveling a lot," Turgeon said. "He thought he wanted to be No. 3 and we never even approached it.

"He instead he decided he wanted to be No. 2."

Peters comes to Maryland as coach Mark Turgeon's crown jewel in his 2013 recruiting class, another local prospect who was ranked as the 48th best player in the country according to Rivals.com.

At 6-4, Peters has good size for a high-major point guard and Turgeon will likely try to break him of his combo guard mentality and have him fully invested in becoming the team's lead guard.

Maryland struggled offensively for stretches of last season because of their lack of a true point guard to feed center Alex Len in the post. Turgeon cited that lack as a reason Len will likely excel at the next level, having been drafted No. 5 overall by the Phoenix Suns this past June.

Assistant coach Bino Ranson told CSN at a local recruiting event this past week that Peters is coming along in his development at the point guard position.

The Terps are preparing for a trip to the Bahamas from Aug. 6-9, where they will play three exhibition games against local all-star squads.