Lamar Peters 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
COLLEGE: MISSISSIPPI STATE
WEIGHT: 190 POUNDS
POSITION: POINT GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE TEENS TO MID 20’S
Lamar Peters is the leader for the Mississippi Bulldogs. Part of the Bulldog’s excellent 2016 recruiting class, the 6’0″ point guard is one of the more talented lead guards in college basketball. The 78th ranked best prospect from the high school class of 2016 is a little undersized for the PG position. However, what he lacks in height is made up in the form of blazing speed. While evaluating the sophomore’s game we consider him to be one of the fastest players with the ball in his hands in the college game.
Don’t judge Peters by only his statistics. He brings much more to the table than just stats. As the Bulldogs are off to an 8-0 start on the year, the former 4-star recruit runs the team very well and is a team leader. The lead guard is averaging 10pts, 4ast, 1.3reb, and 1.1stl per game. Disregard the average statistics with this player.
Lamar Peters is a top-notch play-maker who makes pinpoint passes. He has the ability to get into the paint almost anytime he wants when guarded one on one. Bulldog’s head coach Ben Howland’s coach on the floor displays a nice little floater in the lane, which is a move he will need to have at the next level due to his height. His dribble penetration causes opposing defenders to collapse, which allows him to drop off a pass to a big-man for an easy dunk or to pass out to the 3-point line for a wide open shooter. His ability to break down defenders doesn’t show up in the box score, however, it is a huge key to Mississippi State’s overall team success.
The pick and roll is a play that is run by all NBA teams. Peters runs this play very well. A key to running this play efficiently is partly based on the ball-handler’s ability to shoot from long-range. While Peters shooting percentage is only 35% through 8 games, he does show solid shooting mechanics. It will be very important for him during the off-season to keep improving on his long range shooting ability. NBA point guards need to be consistent outside shooters. If they aren’t they become one dimensional and opposing teams will sag off the player. This makes it difficult to get into offensive sets. Scoring off the dribble is a strength of his. The lefty shooting Peters has a really nice hesitation dribble that we believe he should use more. The pull-up jumper he displays looks like a real weapon for now and in the future.
NBA scouts are sure to have taken notice of his play on the defensive end. He is very pesky and doesn’t back down. Due to his lateral quickness and speed, the 190-pound PG plays very good man to man defense, which is what Ben Howland stresses. The Louisiana native does a very good job at tipping passes and deflecting the ball. He plays the passing lanes the correct way as he averages over 1 steal per game. Rebounding probably won’t be a big part of his game due to his height, although he is averaging 4 boards a game through the first month of the 2017-18 season.
Lamar Peters is the player who makes Mississippi State go. It looks like the Bulldog’s are going to have a good season in the much improved SEC conference. Howland has had 2 straight very good recruiting classes that include a few other potential NBA players within the next 1-2 years. We believe Peters can make a very solid NBA back-up point guard. Leading up to the 2018 NBA Draft next June, getting in the weight room and gaining more strength and weight needs to be a priority as well as getting in the gym and improving his jump-shot. NBA scouts will be watching the point guard closely the rest of this season.
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