A core of Trent Lockett, Jahii Carson and Richard Peters would make the Sun Devils an immediate factor in Pac-12 play. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Richard Peters has decommited from Oklahoma, according to Alex Kline's Twitter account. He tweeted several comments in a row, and they are listed for ease of reading here:
2012 Westwind Prep (AZ) power forward Richard Peters just informed me that he has decommitted from Oklahoma. The decommitment of Richard Peters comes a few weeks after the firing of Jeff Capel and a few days after the hiring of Lon Kruger. Richard Peters: "I'm decomitting from Oklahoma. It was a hard decision but it's what's best for me. I'll still be keeping tabs with OU."
Peters is a 6'9" center that weighs 260 pounds. Westwind Prep is only 20 miles from Arizona State University, and the Sun Devils could sorely use a big man with actual potential and talent. Will ASU make a last-ditch pitch for this youngster?
When we last checked in with the Sun Devils basketball team, they were recruiting two JUCO guards to fill the scholarship vacated by Brandon Dunson's intent to transfer. But why not make a run at Peters? With Jahii Carson coming on board next season, the two would make a good inside-out combination and allow players like Trent Lockett room to create on the wings.
ASU can offer Peters two things: an immediate starting job and the chance to really stand out, much like the opportunity Derrick Williams was afforded in Tucson. While I'm aware that ASU is not a school that recruits are lining up to play for, the Sun Devils have to be worth considering at this juncture. Make it happen, Herb!