March 2, 2012

Peterson produces

Kevin McCarthy

Have shooting range, will travel. If he needed one, that's what Trevor Peterson would have inscribed on his business card.

Peterson is a 6-foot-4 senior playing for Coach Patrick Judge at Leigh High in San Jose and he's a major reason the Longhorns finished 20-8 this season, 10-4 in the league play. But what made the headlines recently was Peterson scoring 46 points against Santa Teresa High on February 16 in an 84-78 victory. What further elevated Peterson's name was his sinking 11 three-pointers, out of 18 attempted, in that Blossom Valley Athletic League (BVAL) tournament contest.

photo of Trevor Peterson

The conquest of Santa Teresa was followed by a Leigh championship game victory over Piedmont Hills, a triumph buttressed by Peterson's five three-pointers and total of 23 points. The defeat was just the second of the season for the Pirates.

So just who is this points producer?

He is a three-year varsity player who was just named Senior of the Year in the BVAL as well as a first team honoree, based on his 19 points per game average.

Judge calls his points producer as "a knockdown shooter" adding "he's a great kid from a really good family."

About those 46 points, Peterson credits his teammates -- "they were setting some great screens." True enough but someone still had to put the ball in the basket.

Peterson concurs with his coach's judgment, offering that "shooting is my greatest skill."

He comes from a real basketball family but it's a chosen direction. His father played at Biola University, located in southern California, plus Peterson has an older brother who is a freshman on the West Valley College team and a younger one, a sophomore, playing hoops at Archbishop Mitty.

photo of Trevor Peterson

But this wasn't a since-birth-an-expressway-to-hoops situation.

"My Dad didn't force anything. He put every sport in front of us and let us choose," according to Peterson.

And Peterson also credits his father for helping him.

"My Dad taught me everything," he explained. "I'd go to the gym with him and he would tell me what I'm doing wrong like not shooting from my fingertips or not using my legs."

Asked how he became such a sharpshooter, his response was "using the right form, doing repetitions and just practicing."

But it wasn't always the way it is now.

Peterson recalls making major progress in both his body and skills since beginning high school.

"I grew five inches since my freshman year so I've had to work into my body. Plus, in middle school, I didn't get a lot of playing time. Then as a freshman, I played the point. Coach Pat brought me up to varsity as a sophomore."

Peterson currently checks in at 165 pounds and knows additional poundage is a necessity.

He owns 3.4-3.5 cumulative grade point average but is at 3.8 this year and, although he's not sure, it's looking like kinesiology or biology as a college major.

Per Judge, San Francisco State is showing interest. As word spreads about about his 46 point outing, expect the suitors to grow.