Athlete of the week: Jarrod Peterson

Jar­rod Peterson

For Jar­rod Peter­son, shoot­ing the three pointer is always a love of his. Peter­son has tal­lied up 22 three point shots in just six games this sea­son. He has also scored 120 points, over twice as many points he scored in 11 games last sea­son (56). In all Peter­son is wor­ried about his team doing well and not him­self, but his acco­lades have lead him to be our ath­lete of the week.

It feels good, I think more impor­tantly it’s about the team, but I think if one guy has stood out so far it’s been me.”

With Peter­son doing much of the scor­ing load this sea­son, it would be safe to say he is the empha­sis on the offense, but he says it’s not that at all.

It’s kind of hard to say that I’m the empha­sis when you have a seven-footer on your team. Coach has been stress­ing going inside and out and he also told me I have the green light to shoot at any time, it just comes down to my judgement.”

The secret to his long range game is cred­ited to his long hours in the gym and his love for the three point shot ever since he was a kid.

I have always loved shoot­ing them, ever since like fourth grade. I have also been in the gym every­day the past two sum­mers just work­ing on the three point shots but also my mid-range game.”

Peter­son is a trans­fer stu­dent, trans­fer­ring from a Divi­sion II col­lege, North­ern State in South Dakota. He was coached there by a leg­endary coach, Don Meyer. Meyer had the most wins as a col­lege male coach until Duke Uni­ver­si­ties head coach, Mike Kryzewski in 2011. He also tutored Pat Sum­mit, who has the most wins as a coach, male or female.

I learned a lot about how to play the game of bas­ket­ball and what it takes to be a col­lege bas­ket­ball player. I really think that one year at North­ern State pre­pared really well.”

For the team in a whole they had some goals they wanted to match up to, but with a shaky start so far to the sea­son and some tough losses by less than 10 points, Peter­son is still hope­ful about the goals.

We want to host a home play­off game, which means we have to be in the top four, which to my knowl­edge has not hap­pened at this school before. So real­is­ticly we have to win 9 or 10 games so we opted for the 10–6 record in con­fer­ence. Our over­all goal is 19–6 on the year but that is going to take a lot of work from not only myself but the team too.”

With the teams record stand­ing at 2–4 they need to get on a roll at the end of the year, but it’s Peter­son and his atti­tude that might take this team to the next level. If you are to watch him at a game, you see him push a guy or be talk­ing to a ref. He calls it competitiveness.

I would say it’s com­pet­i­tive­ness, it’s an atti­tude that has sort of been lack­ing since I have been here. The pre­vi­ous coach didn’t under­stand the way I played. I like to play with pas­sion and fire, even though it’s Divi­sion III it’s not all fun and games. We are here to win.”

With a new coach this year at UWS, Peter­son seems to fit well into his scheme of win­ning, and hope­fully that trans­lates into wins on paper as well.

Good luck the rest of the sea­son to not only Jar­rod Peter­son but all UWS win­ter sport athletes!

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