Coming to the Hilltop: L.J. Peak, South Carolina’s top prospect

In a mildly shocking announcement, the Hoya pool of commits from the high school Class of 2014 just got a huge boost with the verbal commitment of forward L.J Peak. Peak’s decision to come to Georgetown was surprising given the circumstances surrounding his announcement.

First of all, Peak is from South Carolina and held a conference along with his classmate, Shaq Davidson, a football player who committed to South Carolina. Given this situation, it would be expected that Peak would want a large amount of attention from the local community before he committed to play for the hometown-favorite Gamecocks.

However, it was not to be, as Peak saw greater opportunity on the Hilltop. “Georgetown is a school that will help me get to the league,” Peak said. “It’s a better fit for me.”

Peak had narrowed his choices down to three remaining schools: Georgetown, South Carolina, and Florida State. Even though Georgetown has the strongest program of the three, it was widely acknowledged that South Carolina was the strong favorite. In the end, the Hoyas came out on top and added to an already-impressive recruiting class.

Peak is a 6’5”, 190-pound small forward who is rated as a four-star recruit. He is ranked 54th in ESPN’s recruit rankings for the Class of 2014, now giving the Hoyas two commits from the top 100. He is also ranked as the top player in the state of South Carolina. Peak played his junior season at Whitney Young High School in Chicago on the same team as Jahlil Okafor, the class of 2014’s top prospect.

Though Peak is listed as a small forward, at his height, he will likely play at the shooting guard position because of the many lanky forwards (Isaac Copeland, Reggie Cameron) that are also making their way to Georgetown. This gives the Hoyas a very solid backcourt for the future with great depth at positions 1-3.

However, the Hoyas’ search for a big man continues as there are no clear commits to play either center or power forward. The prime candidates for this spot are centers Elbert Robinson and Khadeem Lattin, though both players still have long lists of schools in consideration. However, it is clear from today’s proceedings that the Hoyas’ ability to turn out quality professional players is a strong attraction to the Hilltop.

Georgetown’s history would especially be on the mind of big men hoping to go to the NBA. Hopefully the recruiting process for the Class of 2014 has more pleasant surprises in store, but regardless, the Hoyas are off to a great start. L.J., welcome to the Hilltop.

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