Emerged as one of the Big Ten's top players last season and will be a candidate for All-America honors in '99-00 ... Gifted offensive player who can score from the outside or by slashing towards the bucket ... Excellent leaper who has been on the receiving end of numerous highlight-type alley-oop passes during his career ... Often overlooked is his fine defensive ability ... Has made significant strides with each passing season ... Starts the upcoming campaign in 30th place in all-time scoring at MSU with 931 points ... Has played in 98 career games and has scored in double figures on 46 occasions ... Heading into '99-00 he has notched seven contests of 20 or more points.
1998-99: Enjoyed an outstanding junior season that saw him bring home many individual honors ... Earned a first-team berth on the All-Big Ten Team as picked by both the coaches and media, believed to be the first non-starter (started four of 38 games) ever to earn that honor ... First-Team All-Big Ten as picked by Basketball News ... Garnered a spot on the United States Basketball Writers All-District V Team ... Was MSU's No. 1 and the Big Ten's No. 14 leading scorer (13.6 ppg) ... No. 1 on the club and No. 2 among Big Ten players in both field goal percentage (.554) and free throw percentage (.814) ... Finished as the Spartans' No. 2 and the conference's No. 10 rebounder (5.7 rpg) ... Produced a team-leading 30 double-figure scoring efforts ... Finished fifth in the Big Ten in offensive rebounds (2.42 orpg) ... In league affairs, he was No. 4 in free throw percentage (.836) ... Either paced or shared for the club's scoring lead in 15 contests ... Connected on 50 percent or better from the floor in 27 games ... Scored 20 or more points on six occasions ... Averaged 23.9 minutes per outing ... Posted a team-high 15 points vs. Duke (3/27) in the NCAA semifinals ... Named the Outstanding Player of the NCAA Midwest Regional ... Solid game vs. Kentucky (3/21), recording his third double-double of the year with a team-high 19 points along with a game-best 10 boards (nine offensive) ... Fourth start of the season came vs. Ole Miss (3/17) and he picked up 11 points while tying for team-high honors with eight boards ... Picked off a career-best 12 boards vs. Mount St. Mary's (3/12) ... Led MSU in scoring (12.8 ppg) and rebounding (9.0 rpg) in the NCAA Tournament ... Second career double-double was a team-high tying 11 points and 10 boards, then tying his career high, vs. Illinois (3/7) in championship game of Big Ten Tournament ... Hit a key three-pointer with 1:45 left that tied the game at 59-59 vs. Northwestern (3/5) in the opening contest of the Big Ten Tournament which helped lead to a 61-59 triumph ... Team-high 13 points vs. Wisconsin (2/21), a game that saw him record a career-high nine free throws ... Six-of-10 from the floor and finished with 20 points (second high on squad) at Minnesota (2/13) ... Enjoyed a 16-game double-figure scoring streak (12/13-2/6) ... Nine-of-12 from the floor and seven-of-eight from the line in totaling a career-best 27 points at Iowa (2/6), the high-water mark in point production by a Spartan player in '98-99 ... Seven-of-11 from field and scored a team-best 17 points vs. Penn State (2/2) ... 11 points and grabbed a team-high nine boards vs. Northwestern (1/30) ... Great Eight All-Tournament Team after registering a then career-high 24 points against Duke (12/2) ... Career-best 10 field goals vs. the Blue Devils and tied his personal high in three-point field goals with four ... Six-of-eight from the floor and finished with 13 points vs. Indiana (1/24) ... Team-high 19 points vs. Iowa (1/21) ... First double-double of his career was an 11-point, 10-rebound performance against Illinois (1/16) ... Five-of-seven from the floor and six-of-seven from the line in totaling 16 points (second high on team) vs. Michigan (1/9 ... Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week (1/4) after recording 33 points and 11 rebounds in wins over UNC Asheville and Louisville ... Picked up a game-high 23 points, hitting eight-of-12 from the floor, vs. Louisville (1/2) ... Named MVP of the Pearl Harbor Classic after picking up 51 points (17.0 ppg) and shooting 65.3 percent (17-of-26) from the floor over three games ... Game-high scorer in both the Pepperdine (18 pts.) and Tulsa (21 pts.) games before hitting four-of-five from the floor and finishing with 12 points vs. Alabama in the title game of the Classic ... Shot an impressive 56.0 percent from the floor (121-of-216) in road/neutral games ... Team-high 18 points against Illinois-Chicago (12/13) and tied his then-career high in boards with nine ... Team-high 14 points at Connecticut (12/5) where he converted seven-of-eight from the floor ... MVP of the Coca Cola Spartan Classic ... Tossed in 21 points (8-of-12 from the floor) and picked off six rebounds in the title game against Western Michigan (11/28).
1997-98: Lettered for the second time while establishing himself as one of the team's most dependable reserves ... Saw action in 27 of MSU's 30 games and finished No. 4 on the team in scoring with an 8.0 points per game average ... Saw 18.6 minutes of action per game and was No. 3 on the squad in three-point field goals with 23 ... Recorded double-figure scoring on 11 occasions ... Tallied a season-best 20 points, hitting eight-of-11 field goal attempts at No. 10 Iowa (1/21) ... Picked up 11 points against Minnesota (1/14) while snaring a season-best six rebounds ... Played a season-long 29 minutes against Purdue (3/1) and nailed seven-of-12 from the floor (two-of-three treys) en route to 16 points ... Scored the dramatic tying basket with 2.1 seconds left against the Boilermakers on a no-look pass from Andre Hutson that sent the game into overtime ... Missed three games (Temple, Cleveland State and Detroit) with a fractured bone in his right wrist ... Donned a cast from the majority of the season once he returned to the lineup and was dubbed "The Club" ... Converted six-of-nine from the floor and finished with 14 points ... (second high on the team) vs. Iowa (2/7) ... Shot 50 percent or better from the floor 11 times and had eight performances of two or more treys.
1996-97: Lettered as a redshirt freshman after starting 18 of MSU's 29 contests ... Averaged 6.8 points and was third on the squad in rebounding with a 3.4 per-game mark ... Scored in double figures on five occasions ... Hit six-of-nine from the floor, including four-of-five from beyond the arc, en route to a team-high 19 points against East Tennessee State (11/25) in the season opener ... Tied that point total in a 30-minute outing vs. Detroit (12/14) ... Solid effort at home against Northwestern (1/18), draining seven-of-12 from the floor and scoring 16 points in 21 minutes ... Posted back-to-back games of nine rebounds against Iowa (2/12, team high) and Illinois (2/15) ... Came up with a team-high 12 points against Minnesota (1/4) ... Shot 50 percent or better from the field in 17 contests ... Started 14 of MSU's last 16 games ... Totaled eight points off the bench in 12 minutes against Florida State in a second-round NIT game.
1995-96: Was a medical redshirt after sustaining a broken finger ... Appeared in four games, playing a total of 12 minutes ... Scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in four minutes against Louisville ... Made other appearances against Evansville, Detroit and Oklahoma State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was regarded as one of the top players in the state of Michigan as a senior ... Was chosen as the captain of the Detroit Free Press Class A All-State Team ... Averaged 19.6 points and 13.2 rebounds in 1994-95 and helped Flint Northwestern to a 16-6 record and a spot in the district championship game ... The Detroit News had him on its Class A Second-Team All-State Team ... Paced all Flint-area cagers in scoring as a junior and senior and his 22.4 points per game average in 1993-94 was the No. 1 mark ever by a city underclassman ... Brought home all-city and All-Saginaw Valley Conference honors each of his last two years ... Rated as one of the nation's top 10 quick forwards by Van Coleman's Future Stars.
PERSONAL: Born 8/26/77 ... Son of Morris and Valerie Peterson ... Majoring in child development ... Two sisters, Tonda and Trina, played or are playing basketball at Alabama State ... Father, Morris, played basketball and football at Alcorn State while his mother, Valerie, competed on the volleyball, basketball and track teams at Mississippi Valley State.
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