AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific men's basketball head coach Justin Leslie announced the signing of Connor Peterson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, to play collegiately for the Cougars beginning in the fall of 2014.
“He’s a lot like some of the guards we have right now in his ability to play on the ball and off the ball, and he brings a ton of versatility to our team,” Leslie said. “Bringing him in as a freshman next year when Troy Leaf and Robert Sandoval are seniors provides Connor with the opportunity to complement them as he learns and practices within our program. We want to continue to play fast-paced and aggressively, and his game is tailored to that. I think he’ll be someone who continues that identity for our program moving forward.”
Peterson is a current high school senior who helped lead Archibishop Mitty to the CIF state finals and a No. 19 national ranking from MaxPreps.com last year. He was an All-West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) second team selection, one of three players from his team to earn All-WCAL first or second team honors. Archbishop Mitty won the WCAL league and playoff championships, along with CIF Central Coast Section and NorCal Open Division titles en route to its CIF state runner-up finish.
“Connor has played in a lot of big games for a great high school program at Archbishop Mitty,” Leslie said. “He’s a fantastic player right now, and I think next fall he’s going to be even better because of the experience he gets this year.”
Peterson’s older brother Trevor plays basketball at Pacific West Conference rival Point Loma Nazarene University, and their father Ross played college basketball at Biola.
“Being at a Christian school is something that is a natural fit for Connor,” Leslie said. “As we recruited him and talked with his family, the way we teach and motivate is really going to fit with him and allow him to blossom and grow academically, spiritually, and on the basketball court.”
Peterson joins an Azusa Pacific program which is in the final year of a three-year transition to full NCAA Division II membership. The Cougars open the 2013-14 season this weekend, hosting games against Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal Poly Pomona Friday and Saturday as part of the Cougar Classic.
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