A little more than a year ago, Darian Peterson capped off his high school basketball career in unprecedented fashion, helping Monacan to a comeback, David and Goliath victory over Lake Taylor.
Now, Peterson has a year under his belt at Fork Union Military Academy and has made a decision on where he will continue his basketball career.
The 6-5, 175-pound guard has signed to play NCAA Division II basketball at Concord University (W.Va.).
The versatile guard was a key component in Monacan’s magical 4A state championship run. Coach R.J. Spelsberg loved having a player that could really do it all.
“Darian is an outstanding player,” Spelsberg exclaimed. “He can play inside and out. He can shoot the three very well and jump out of the gym. He sacrificed for our state championship team and played out of position at the No. 4 and No. 5 spot when he is a natural No. 2 guard.”
Spelsberg also added that Peterson led the team in rebounding and averaged around 12 points a game.
Peterson joins a Concord program the competes in the Mountain East Conference. They finished with an 11-17 record last season under coach Todd May. Hopefully, Petersons athleticism and raw scoring ability can help improve that record this upcoming season.
Peterson is now the fourth player to move on to play at the collegiate level from the Monacan state championship squad. Garrett Oguich (Pfeiffer), Nick Parks (Christopher Newport), and Alden Parham (VMI) were all important pieces to the puzzle along with Peterson. Coach Spelsberg is delighted to see what’s become of such a talented group of guys.
“They are great players and our coaching staff is very proud,” he said. “They will go down as legends at Monacan for years to come.”