Junior D.J. Peterson was a key player for La Salle during their 2012-2013 season. But this year, will he see much court time being one of three point guards?
Last season, Peterson appeared in all 34 games for the Explorers, and started a total of 18 games. He averaged 3.9 points a game and was a top player during the Ole Miss game, leading in rebounds and assists.
Peterson’s major competitors for court time this season are senior Tyreek Duran, and transfer Khalid Lewis.
Even with his success on the team, it was unsure if Peterson was going to remain at La Salle. Last April, it was announced that Peterson was granted a release to transfer. Peterson’s reasoning was that he wanted to remain closer to home: Minnesota.
Four days later it was then announced that Peterson would remain at La Salle. Coach Dr. John Giannini made the statement that Peterson’s decision to remain at La Salle was strictly personal and not basketball related. No more explanation has been given since the Minnesota native decided to remain at La Salle.
The team was very happy that Peterson decided to remain on the team. The junior adds a lot of skill to the team and pulls through in tight situations. This past season Peterson’s shooting from behind the arc steadily improved. This will be his key to getting playing time this year. Peterson did have one of the highest 3-point percentages on the team at .400, but right behind him is Tyreek Duran at .390 and Sam Mills at .379.
How well Peterson performs defensively will be another factor that determines his court time. His experience on defense gives him a one-up on Lewis who has had a year to practice La Salle’s full court style defense, but has yet to have the opportunity to implement it during a game.
Whether or not Peterson will be a starter for La Salle this year remains to be seen but his talent and experience adds depth to La Salle which is what they need to be competitive.