June 30, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Jeff Peterson, who started 23 games at the point guard position at Arkansas during the 2010-11 season, has transferred to Florida State and will be eligible to play for the Seminoles during the upcoming season, Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton announced Monday. Peterson has one season of collegiate eligibility remaining after playing two seasons at Iowa and one at Arkansas and receiving his bachelor's degree in marketing from Arkansas in May.
Peterson will take advantage of an NCAA rule allowing players who have finished their undergraduate requirements at one school to transfer to another school and pursue a master's degree. Peterson, the starting point guard for the Razorbacks this past season, elected to transfer in order to pursue is master's degree in marketing within the nationally renowned College of Business at Florida State. Florida State University offers a master's degree in marketing. Peterson earned his bachelor's degree in marketing with a 3.4 grade point average.
"The maturity that Jeff brings and the experience that he has on the court will be very beneficial to our team," said Hamilton. "He is a very conscientious person who wants to continue to improve himself personally by earning a master's degree. We are very excited about his addition to our team which already includes five seniors and four juniors; he is a strong player who will mix well with our veteran players. His determination and desire to continue his education will help him blend in well with all of our players. Jeff has the potential to be an outstanding floor leader for us, and his desire to perform well in the classroom shows that he is also makes good decisions both on and off of the court"
Peterson (Springfield, Mo.) helped lead Arkansas to an 18-13 record and 7-9 record in the SEC this past season. The Razorbacks finished in fourth place in the West Division of the SEC. Peterson averaged 6.3 points and 2.4 assists as he started 23 of 29 games for the Razorbacks, who won 12 of their first 16 games of the season.
Peterson played one season at Arkansas after playing two seasons at Iowa. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.2 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals as a sophomore in 2009. He finished in seventh in the Big Ten in assists, seventh in free throw percentage (.825) and 10th in assist:turnover ratio (1.3:1). Peterson's 3-point field goal shooting percentage of .397 would have ranked him sixth in the Big Ten with two more made shots that would have allowed him to qualify for the league statistics. He averaged 5.2 points, 3.1 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 30 games as a freshman.
"Florida State gives me an outstanding opportunity to help me continue to further my academic goals," said Peterson. "In evaluating the opportunities that were in front of me, my desire to earn a master's degree in marketing helped lead me to FSU. The marketing master's program within the business school at Florida State will give me the tools necessary to enhance myself and earn another outstanding degree. The basketball program and coach Hamilton speak for themselves. Florida State has all of the things I am looking for."
Peterson (6-0, 192) was an Honorable Mention All-Metro selection by the Washington Post and a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference First Team selection as a senior at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. He was Stags' team captain and named the team's Most Valuable Player as he averaged 13.9 points, 7.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds as a senior. DeMatha was ranked as high as second nationally as they finished with a 33-6 record and won the D.C. City Championship with Peterson as its starting point guard in 2008.
Florida State's 2011-12 schedule will be announced approximately Sept. 1 - games that have already been announced are the Seminoles' participation in the Battle 4 Atlantis (Nov. 24-27) in the Bahamas (where the Seminoles are on the opposite of the tournament bracket from 2011 National Champion Connecticut), at Michigan State in the ACC Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 30), at Florida (who played in the Elite Eight of the 2011 NCAA Tournament) and Southern California at home. The Trojans are expected to compete for the Pac 12 championship.