On Monday, Pitt basketball dipped into the class of 2025 for the first time, offering a 6-foot-4 eighth grader by the name of Darryn Peterson.
Peterson, a native of Canton, Ohio, is a 6-foot-4 guard with skills and basketball IQ beyond his years. Peterson has not made a decision yet as for where he will be attending high school, and he plays his AAU ball for Wildcat Select, a program based in the Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio region.
“He is so poised at a young age,” Peterson’s AAU coach Tom Droney told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “The biggest thing is, he has no real holes in his game. He is maybe the most complete player I have seen at that age. You know, he just turned 14 years old. 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4, long arms, still growing. He can play on the ball, off the ball, shoot it off the catch, shoot it off the dribble. Has a lot of wiggle to his game, he’ll dunk on you, I mean, he is the total package.”
“He is extremely skilled,” Droney said about Peterson’s fundamentals. “That’s the thing about him. He can handle it. He can play on the ball, he can play off the ball, but he is at his best with the ball in his hands. He is a playmaker, he is a shot maker, like I said, he’s got deep range off the dribble, off the catch, and he is slippery going to the basket. He is hard to stay in front of.”
Off the court, Droney added that Peterson is “quiet, and a little bit reserved.”
“He is a great kid, outstanding kid,” Droney said. “He does all the right things off the floor, and he handles his business on the floor.”
While most players that are Peterson’s age are working on fundamentals, adjusting to their body, and worrying about making their high school team, Droney says Peterson is already way ahead of the curve, but still can improve on some things to reach his full potential.
“Continuing to get better with the ball in his hands in the half court,” he said about where the young guard can still improve. “Not necessarily all off the dribble, but include more stuff off the catch. Just being able to run the show at the point guard position at the age, it is always a process. There are ways to expand and get better and he is still learning some of those nuances.”
In the words of Droney, Peterson’s recruitment started to “pick up steam” just over a week ago when he received his first two offers, coming from St. Johns and Xavier. Then came Pitt on Monday, who Droney said is “very intrigued” by the guard.