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Sophomore L.J. Peak thriving as a wing

12/28/2011

Dec. 27 was the first day of the famed Beach Ball Classic. An abbreviated schedule yielded another look at one of South Carolina's finest underclassmen.

Hello, L.J. Peak

As a freshman, L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) probably didn’t click off 10 3-pointers total. His high school coach said he played in the post. However, they realized his college position would be on the wing so they transitioned him to his natural small forward slot this season. So far, so good.

Against Ballard, he shot 13-of-24 from the field, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range and finished with 40 points. His team was outmanned and it needed a big game from him, which he delivered.

His transition to the small forward is going well. In fact, his high school coach said he’s shooting 40 percent from 3 this year, but his effort wasn’t all about firing 3s. He’s constant motion and always on the move. He’ll be the kind of guy who stuffs the stat sheet and throws down a momentum-changing dunk.

South Carolina was in the building to see his first game hereand the Gamecocks offered him a scholarship. So did the Clemson Tigers. Pretty soon, the in-state boys are going to have traffic around the Palmetto State’s best sophomore.

What’s Glass’ ceiling?

Tevin Glass (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) is a bouncy 6-8 senior power forward by trade who wants to expand and play the small forward in college. He hasn’t taken an official visit and said he’s less concerned with the level than he is the fit.

“I need to see the playing style of the offense,” Glass said. “I want to play the small forward in college in a style that is up tempo and attacks.” Arkansas, Georgia Southern, Murray State, Auburn and Alabama are looking.

Glass has a live body and would be an effective player in a mid-major system. That level would allow him to refine his game and expand. It would also afford him more playing time early, which is an underrated trait that kids tend to take for granted. At a mid-major program you can carve out your identity on the court instead of watching other guys play. Glass has high-major bounce and a spring decision to make based on who steps up and makes the offers.