Suitland senior Roddy Peters was busy high-fiving classmates near his team’s locker room when Coach George McClure summoned his players back to the court after Thursday’s 75-66 loss to seventh-ranked Eleanor Roosevelt. A day before shoulder surgery, the University of Maryland-bound guard had scored 24 points in his final high school game, and McClure took over the public address system to give a proper send-off to a player who had shirked the lure of private school competition to stay at his neighborhood school.
Peters “doesn’t like a lot of recognition,” McClure said after his team faded down the stretch in its third loss. “I didn’t really want to make a big deal of it because that’s not his thing, but people need to understand what this kid has done for Suitland.”
Last month Peters began practice with the Rams knowing surgery was likely necessary to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, and a second opinion soon confirmed Peters would have to cut his senior season short.