L.J. Peak commits to Hoyas

L.J. Peak commits to Hoyas
July 2, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Remember when Nerlens Noel shaved a Kentucky logo into the back of his head to announce that he would become a Wildcat last spring?

Or when the Harrison twins went on national television, side-by-side, and turned down Maryland in favor of those same Wildcats this past fall?

Or when Andrew Wiggins, perhaps the most highly touted prep player since LeBron James, announced his intentions to head to Kansas in front of one--count him, one--local newspaper reporter?

Those each had their own unique elements, but this was something else entirely.

L.J. Peak, a 6-5, 190-pound Top 100 guard from South Carolina, spurned in-state favorite USC and committed to Georgetown at a press conference Tuesday, becoming the third member of coach John Thompson III's 2014 recruiting class.

But it wasn't just that Peak decided to passed on a chance to play for an in-state Gamecocks team that is showing promise under new coach Frank Martin. It was how he did it.

After initially pulling a South Carolina hat from under the table and securing it on his head to a roar from the onlooking crowd, he promptly stood up, flung the hat to the ground, and replaced it with a flat-brimmed, gray Georgetown cap.

What ensued was mostly stunned silence, perhaps confusion from many, along with a few louder voices and cheers from those who caught wind of what was going on.

Watch it all unfold in the video right here. The good stuff starts around the 1:20 mark. 

Peak is ranked as a four-star guard by Rivals.com and checks in at No. 84 in the site's latest national rankings. He is an elite-level athlete with a versatile offensive game, using his quickness to attack the basket, but also showing the ability to extend his game out toward the perimeter.

He cited Georgetown's ability to turn college talent into NBA-ready players as a major factor in his decision, according to media reports.

He joins Isaac Copeland and local product Tre Campbell in Georgetown's 2014 class.

To watch highlights of Rose, click here.

(h/t @Hoyas247 for video)