We saw it in him back in April at the Boo Williams Invitational. Then he cracked into the Rivals150 rankings. The summer came and went. So did National Signing Day last week. But for some reason, Jamine Peterson laid low under the radar.
Out of sight, out of mind? Maybe.
But after his absolutely dominating performance at the National Prep Showcase, the kid they call "Greedy" is snatching up all the attention in the only way he knows how. He earned it.
The 6-foot-6 forward was the most dominate interior force at the loaded NPS in Worcester, Mass., last weekend. He averaged 28.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 60.9 percent from the floor. It was his play, not Michael Beasley (the nation's No. 1 player), that helped Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) pick up two huge win at the NPS.
That will make people pay attention.
Prior to the event, Peterson, the No. 115 ranked player in the country, said Kansas, Memphis, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, Clemson and Iowa State were recruiting him. All but Memphis and Clemson had assistants at the event to see him at one point or another over the weekend.
Peterson, who has yet to take any visits, is no dummy. He wants to help his team win but he also wants to put his name, and game, back into the minds of college coaches.
"It was good to come out here and play in front of all of these coaches because the last time I did that was during AAU. Now they had a chance to see me and my teammates and getting better."
As one of the 14 players in the Rivals150 currently uncommitted, Peterson will certainly be a hot commodity during the high school season. Academics have held things up and they could still for a while. Peterson said he is constantly looking to improve his academic status.
"I'm doing good academically," Peterson said. "I'm taking the test again. I'm still working at it."
He's obviously been working on his game. Now it looks like people will finally be working on him in order to get a verbal commitment from him down the road.