The state of Arizona is now being recruited better and harder than every before, as more and more elite prospects in all classes are now receiving strong recruiting interest from college programs. Student-athletes are being recruited more at younger ages as well, which is benefiting the student-athlete, as more schools look to get involved earlier in the recruiting process as a result. One big offer can catapult a prospect's college recruitment much earlier now, as many schools look to see who will get involved first. For Notre Dame Prep's ultra-skilled skilled freshman guard Brennan Peterson, this will certainly be the case as the promising guard prospect has received his first Division-I offer, and it is big, as the University of Oregon extended an offer this weekend to Peterson.
The University of Oregon has done an amazing job lately of recruiting the state of Arizona's best basketball talent, boys and girls. The program is not afraid to get involved with our best basketball talent early in the recruiting process, while many other college programs wait until other programs have got involved with the recruit. The Oregon basketball staff realizes that Peterson is a winner and the type of guard prospect they would like to see running their basketball program in the future. As a result, the top-rated PAC-12 program decided to extend a big offer to Peterson, a mere 2025 prospect but a very good one.
Oregon is Peterson's first Division-I offer, and will now be the first of many, I am sure. Peterson has yet to play an official high school varsity game yet for Notre Dame Prep, but it is widely understood that he will have a tremendous career in the sport, after an illustrious middle school career, where he helped lead his respective club programs to a shoe title with two different shoe companies - Under Armour and Adidas. Peterson was a consistent elite performer throughout the past two spring and summers, since I began evaluating him as a 7th grader, and is set to have a terrific high school career, no doubt about it.
Behind the strong leadership and player development of second-year head coach and former Grand Canyon University staff member Luke DallaRiva, the program is headed in the right direction. Peterson will now take over the point guard position for the program for the next four years, and will team up with top-rated middle school prospect Bryce Quinet and one of the state's top young talents, 6-foot-3 sophomore Anthony Batson Jr. The future looks extremely bright for Notre Dame Prep.
Peterson is a tremendous point guard with an excellent feel for the game and a unique shooting prowess as a young top performer. He is a heady floor general that commands presence on the basketball court, is very efficient in his approach to the game and make plays for himself and his teammates consistently. Peterson reminds me of a young John Stockton, as he has an excellent handle of the basketball, sets up his teammates for scoring opportunities and makes shots at a high and consistent level - rarely seen for a prospect his age. He is very poised as a player, and nothing seems to rattle him on or off the floor. Also a good defender with quick hands, and understand angles on the floor.
I look forward to big things from Peterson as a student-athlete over the next four years, and also am intrigued in him as a college prospect. With one big offer now under his belt, it will be even more interesting to see which schools now look to get involved over the next several years. Anyone looking for a winner that plays the game at a high level - look no further. Congratulations to Brennan, his family and the Notre Dame Prep program on such a bigger offer this early on in his recruitment. The future looks very bright for him.