Landry-Walker’s Lamar Peters had an official visit planned for Mississippi State Friday afternoon. But first, he had one order of business to take care of.
Peters, a four-star guard and the fifth-ranked player in the state of Louisiana, according to 247Sports, signed his Letter of Intent with the Bulldogs.
Peters had a gut feeling about Mississippi State dating back to his first visit to the campus in Starkville, Miss. five months ago. Putting that commitment to pen and paper finally cemented the future he always clamored for.
“It feels really good,” said Peters. “A lot of schools showed interest, but I already kind of made my mind up after my unofficial visit (in June). I fell in love with the campus and the people there, and I committed on the spot.”
That commitment hasn’t wavered, despite one of New Orleans’ premier basketball talents generating buzz from LSU, South Carolina and Miami, among a host of other schools.
Mississippi State assistant coach Korey McCray established a personal relationship with Peters dating back to his time at LSU in 2013-14.
That relationship remained rock solid as McCray joined Ben Howland’s staff at Mississippi State. Howland and his track record of producing guards while at UCLA only furthered Peters’ interest in the Bulldogs.
“(Coach McCray) has been recruiting me since Day 1. That shows how much he believes in me,” Peters said. “Coach Howland has a great record. Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday … I’m hoping Lamar Peters can be the next one.”
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Peters was surrounded by coach Brian Gibson, athletic director Tarence Davis and a host of family members and his teammates Friday.
Gibson, who has led Landry-Walker to back-to-back Class 4A state championships with Peters at guard, singled out his senior for exemplifying the caliber of athlete the Algiers school aspires to produce.
“This type of thing doesn’t happen all the time,” Gibson said. “We are very pleased and proud of what (Lamar) has accomplished so far, but it’s only the start. The key is what will happen next.”
Likewise, Davis echoed those sentiments.
“This is a testament to your hard work and what we expect out of this program … To be here today, to see the growth and development in that man’s life, it’s a testament to not only the parents, family, coaches and people that have made sacrifices. We’re here to celebrate all that you’ve done.”
Peters has help bring two state championship trophies to Landry-Walker, in addition to earning All-State honors and the Outstanding Player award following the 2014 title run.
As expansive as Peters’ resume already is, he remains focused on one more goal at Landry-Walker before he fully devotes his attention to the Bulldogs.