L.J. Peak to forego senior season, enter NBA Draft

March 21, 2017

Georgetown men’s basketball junior guard L.J. Peak will forego his senior season and will enter the NBA Draft. The story was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, who also reports that Peak intends to hire an agent, although a team spokesman said in a phone call with the Voice that he could not confirm whether or not Peak has done so.

Should Peak hire an agent, he would be ineligible to return to the collegiate ranks, per NCAA rules. His departure would leave Georgetown with just nine scholarship players on next year’s roster.

Peak made an immediate impact on the Hilltop. As a freshman, he started in 32 of the team’s 33 games, averaging 7.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game. In his collegiate debut, Peak scored 23 points in a home victory over St. Francis Brooklyn. One month later, he scored 18 points in a home loss to then-No. 10 Kansas. Despite his production, Peak struggled to shoot as a freshman, managing 39.4 percent field goal, 24.6 percent three-point, and 70 percent free throw shooting.

One year later, Peak’s shooting numbers drastically increased. He shot 49 percent from the floor, 41 percent from three, and 74.8 percent from the line in his sophomore season. However, foul trouble limited his floor time. After starting the first 12 games of the season, Peak was relegated to a sixth-man role due to his excessive fouling. In his newfound role, Peak saw his production increase. He averaged 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 25 minutes per game.

In his junior season, Peak started all 32 of the team’s games. He led the team in assists (3.5 assists), was the team’s second leading scorer (16.5 points) and fifth leading rebounder (4.0 rebounds). His free throw shooting improved again, as he made 79.6 percent of his attempts on the year. In his final game as a Hoya, Peak tied his season-high 24 points—22 of which came in the second half— in the team’s comeback effort against St. John’s in the Big East tournament. currently projects Peak as the 50th overall pick in the draft.

This article has been updated.

Tyler Pearre
Maryland native and D.C. sports fan. Forever romanticizing the days of Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas circa 2007.

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