Darryl Leon "L. J." Peak Jr. (born February 2, 1996) is an American basketball player for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League . He played college basketball for the Georgetown Hoyas . In high school, he won two South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) 4A state championships with Gaffney High School (2010 and 2012) as well as a 2013 Chicago Public High School League (CPL) championship with Whitney Young High School and was named South Carolina Mr. Basketball in 2014. At Georgetown he was a 2015 Big East Conference All-Rookie team selection for the 2014–15 team and won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship .

High school career

In 2010, Peak was a key member of the Gaffney team that went on to the SCHSL 4A state championship. [26] As a sophomore in 2012, Peak scored 22 points, including 2 free throws with 7 seconds left in regulation, before fouling out to lead Gaffney in the 58–55 overtime victory over Lexington in the SCHSL 4A state championship. [4] In the 2013 CPL playoffs February 15 finals contest Peak tallied 13 points in a 60–56 overtime Public League Championship game victory against Morgan Park High School by a Whitney Young team that also included Jahlil Okafor . [39] He committed to Georgetown on July 2, 2013, choosing the Hoyas over offers from Florida State and South Carolina . At the time of his commitment, he was the 54th and 82nd ranked player in the Class of 2014, according to ESPN.com and Rivals.com , respectively. [6] [7] Peak closed out his high school career with a 49-point performance against Irmo High School in the third round of the SCHSL playoffs. [8] Peak was named 2014 South Carolina Mr. Basketball . [9]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
L. J. Peak
F
Gaffney, SC Gaffney (SC) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Jul 2, 2013
Recruiting star ratings : Scout : Rivals : 247Sports : N/A ESPN : ESPN grade: 89
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout : 62, 15 ( SG ) Rivals : 68 ESPN : 31, 1 (SC), 9 ( SF )
  • Note : In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • . Rivals.com . Retrieved July 7, 2015 .
  • . Scout.com . Retrieved July 7, 2015 .
  • . ESPN.com . Retrieved July 7, 2015 .
  • . Scout.com . Retrieved July 7, 2015 .
  • . Rivals.com . Retrieved July 7, 2015 .

College career

On November 15, 2014 against St. Francis , Peak started and established the Georgetown record for most points (23) in a freshman debut when he hit all 9 of his field goals and posted the most points by a Georgetown freshman in a game during the John Thompson III era. [10] [11] [12] The 9-for-9 shooting performance was the best performance of the season by a Big East Conference player. [26] Peak developed a reputation for his defensive versatility as a freshman. [26] Following the 2014–15 Big East season , he was selected to the Big East Conference All-Rookie Team. [26]

On January 19, 2016, in an 81–72 upset of the #5-ranked Xavier Musketeers , Peak posted a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double off the bench. [26] On March 6, Peak scored a career-high 31 points against #3-ranked (and eventual national champion ) [27] Villanova . [26] [26]

Peak entered his junior season as a 2016–17 preseason All-Big East honorable mention selection. [26] He was a leader in many of Georgetown's wins that year. In a November 21 victory over #13/12 Oregon at the Maui Invitational Tournament , Peak scored 17 points including the free throws to seal the win with 2.7 seconds left. [26] On January 25 against the #16/16 Creighton Bluejays , Peak contributed a game-high 20 points, giving him 1,000 in his Hoya career, in an upset. [4] Three days later he posted a game-high 22 points in another upset over #11/11 Butler . [4] Peak followed those performances up by scoring a game-high 26 points, including the final 5 points of the game in a January 31 76–73 win over DePaul . [4]

Following the season, ESPN 's Jeff Goodman reported on March 21, 2017 that Peak would declare himself eligible for the 2017 NBA draft . [4] Peak had almost declared for the 2016 NBA draft and had a family to support at the time of his decision. [4] The Georgetown basketball program was in a state of turmoil, with a top recruit leaving the program and head coach John Thompson III was fired 2 days later. [4] On April 30, 2017, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported that he was named as an alternate to the NBA Draft Combine. [4]

Professional career

On June 23, 2017, Peak was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Rockets to a 2017 NBA Summer League contract. [4] In late August 2017, ESPN 's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Peak had signed a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics. [4] The Celtics officially announced their 20-man training camp roster on September 26, which included Peak. [4] Peak was waived by the Celtics in the final week of training camp (on October 12). [39] Later that month, Peak was designated as as affiliate player by the Maine Red Claws. [39]

International career

On June 18, 2015 Peak was announced as a member of the 12-man 2015 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team for the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship . [39] The team won the gold medal against Croatia. [39] [39]

Personal life

Born in Gaffney, South Carolina , he is the son of Lafayette and Lynette Peak and has one brother, Jermaine Adams. [12] [39]

Notes

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  3. Helfgot, Mike (February 15, 2013). . Chicago Tribune . Retrieved February 16, 2013 .
  4. Brennan, Eamonn (July 3, 2013). . ESPN . Retrieved July 9, 2015 .
  5. Payne, Terrence (July 2, 2013). . NBC Sports . Retrieved July 6, 2015 .
  6. Dearing, Chris (February 25, 2014). . The State . Retrieved July 8, 2015 .
  7. Wertz, Jr., Langston (April 19, 2014). . The Charlotte Observer . Retrieved July 8, 2015 .
  8. . GUHoyas.com . November 15, 2014 . Retrieved July 6, 2015 .
  9. . ESPN . November 15, 2014 . Retrieved July 6, 2015 .
  10. . USA Basketball . Retrieved July 6, 2015 .
  11. (PDF) . Big East Conference . March 27, 2015. p. 20 . Retrieved July 7, 2015 .
  12. . FOX Sports . June 16, 2015 . Retrieved July 8, 2015 .
  13. . Big East Conference . March 8, 2015 . Retrieved July 8, 2015 .
  14. . ESPN . January 19, 2016 . Retrieved January 20, 2016 .
  15. Matt Norlander (April 4, 2016). . CBS Sports . Retrieved April 5, 2016 .
  16. . ESPN . Associated Press . March 5, 2016 . Retrieved March 6, 2016 .
  17. . GUHoyas.com . March 5, 2016 . Retrieved March 6, 2016 .
  18. . BigEast.com . Big East Conference . October 11, 2016 . Retrieved December 7, 2016 .
  19. . ESPN . Associated Press . November 21, 2016 . Retrieved February 2, 2017 .
  20. . ESPN . Associated Press . January 25, 2017 . Retrieved February 2, 2017 .
  21. . ESPN . Associated Press . January 28, 2017 . Retrieved February 2, 2017 .
  22. . ESPN . Associated Press . January 31, 2017 . Retrieved February 2, 2017 .
  23. Goodman, Jeff (March 21, 2017). . ESPN . Retrieved April 7, 2017 .
  24. Bailey, Ron (March 21, 2017). . Yahoo! Sports . Retrieved April 7, 2017 .
  25. Goodman, Jeff and Jeff Borzello (March 23, 2017). . ESPN . Retrieved April 7, 2017 .
  26. Goodman, Jeff (April 29, 2017). . ESPN . Retrieved April 30, 2017 .
  27. Feigen, Jonathan (June 23, 2017). . Houston Chronicle . Retrieved June 24, 2017 .
  28. Wojnaroswski, Adrian (August 28, 2017). . Twitter . Retrieved September 30, 2017 .
  29. . NBA.com . September 26, 2017 . Retrieved September 30, 2017 .
  30. Waters, Mike (October 12, 2017). . Syracuse.com . Retrieved October 13, 2017 .
  31. Jordan, Glenn (October 23, 2017). . Portland Press Herald . Retrieved October 25, 2017 .
  32. . USA Basketball . June 18, 2015 . Retrieved June 20, 2015 .
  33. . USA Basketball . July 5, 2015 . Retrieved July 6, 2015 .
  34. . FIBA . July 5, 2015 . Retrieved July 6, 2015 .
  35. . GUHoyas.com . CBS Interactive . Retrieved July 17, 2015 .