Rumors have been tossed around recently that junior Hoya guard L.J. Peak would likely leave the program for pro ball this year. Given sources indicated he wanted to do so last season -and as reported by HoyaReport.com was convinced to return by head coach John Thompson III and his staff - has a family to support and averaged 16.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game per game this season, such speculation makes sense.
It appears to have been spot on: Per sources, Peak has decide to leave school for the professional ranks. Want more on the dynamics of this decision, including something else that may be influenced his choice, see Premium Court.
As a player, Peak has moved out to the perimeter, transforming himself from an undersized power forward as a rising high school junior to an impactful high major shooting guard who finishes, plays hard, shoots better, defends and drives increasingly with both hands. Though he didn't earn All-BIG EAST honors this season, Peak routinely was lauded by opposing coaches as a force. He was G'Town's best all-around player.
His draft prospects are uneven at this time: DraftExpress.com has Peak slotted 54th in the upcoming 2017 National Basketball Draft. Though such sites are far from perfect in their prognostications (nor should they expected to be as basketball is an international concern), particularly in the lower rounds, they do typically provide a good general early barometer of where players may lie.
This news caps a troubling two week stretch for G'Town's program, a period in which it's prized 2017 recruit Tremont Waters asked for a release of his LOI, thereby signaling a desire to play elsewhere, junior forward and son of program icon Alonzo Mourning, Trey Mourning, has indicated he's leaving, plus now Peak's news.
As of right now, seven scholarship players are expected to return for the 2017-18 season, added to firmly committed incoming freshman Antwan Walker. If Waters does in fact arrive, that would be nine of a possible 13 full ride players at Thompson's disposal.
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