Landry-Walker basketball player Lamar Peters commits to Mississippi State _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Walker Landry's Lamar Peters, right, and Keytaon Thompson, celebrate their victory over Salmen in the Class 4A final Saturday in Lake Charles.

Landry-Walker guard Lamar Peters verbally committed to Mississippi State on Saturday night.

Peters, a 6-foot-1 senior, is considered one of the top basketball players in Louisiana.

“It’s not that far from home, and I knew my mom and family members would be able to drive to the games,” Peters said. “And I have been liking them for a while because they have been recruiting me the hardest.”

Peters said he had built a relationship with MSU assistant coach Korey McCray, who spent last season as an assistant at LSU before joining first-year coach Ben Howland’s staff at Mississippi State.

Peters, a long-range shooter, averaged 19.7 points per game last season to lead Landry-Walker to its second straight Class 4A state championship.

He was a first-team selection on The New Orleans Advocate’s All Metro Team.

He listed LSU, Baylor. South Carolina, Memphis, Texas, Miami and Illinois among the other schools who had offered.

Peters, who took an unofficial visit to MSU this weekend, is MSU’s first commitment in the Class of 2016.

“I am 100 percent that’s where I’m going,” Peters said.