By KEVIN MELTON
L.J. Peak has decided to come home.
The highly-touted junior wingman officially enrolled back at Gaffney High School on Monday , Indians basketball coach Mark Huff said.
Peak spent this past basketball season at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago. But, rumors began to flow following the completion of the season that he would return to Gaffney. Huff was also among those hearing the rumors.
“I had heard he was coming back,” Huff said. “He enrolled this (Monday) morning. He’ll play and will be back for his senior year. I had to do what I felt like was right for the kid and called the high school league to make sure everything was in line. They said he’d be eligible and can play.”
Peak led Gaffney with a game-high 22 points in a 58-55 overtime victory against Lexington in the 4A state championship game in 2012. The all-state and all-region selection was the Indians’ leading scorer with 17.5 points and averaged 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game the same year.
Peak was also a member of the 2010 state championship team as an eighth-grader. The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder has offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida State, N.C. State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He also has interest from Connecticut, Maryland and Ohio State.
Huff said there was never any turmoil with Peak that caused him to transfer. He described Peak’s move as “a family decision” and that “he went up there because they felt like he’d get more exposure.”
Huff said he’s happy to have Peak back in a Gaffney uniform and expects him to be an immediate asset to the lineup. The Indians finished fifth in Region II-4A and were ousted in the first round of the upper state playoffs.
“He’s a talented player and a good kid,” Huff said. “He’ll be able to help us. We’ll expect and hope he’ll give us leadership as a senior. That’s what we expect from all of our players.”