Wil Peters recently wrapped up a stellar career with the Tennessee State University men's basketball program. He tallied over 3,500 minutes during his playing career and ranks fifth all-time in assists and 10th all-time in made three-pointers. A recipient of the Iron Man award, Wil, also was named an Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar. Last year, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Human Performance and Sports Science behind a 3.2 GPA. The Nashville, Tenn., native currently holds a 3.667 GPA in graduate school.
TSUTigers sat down with Wil to talk about his TSU experience.
TSUTigers: Talk about your overall TSU experience.
W. Peters: My overall experience at TSU was fantastic. I made a lot of lifelong friendships and also developed in my maturity while increasing my knowledge while attending the university.
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
W. Peters: What I love most about TSU is that it provides the total college experience I believe. The atmosphere, activities, programs, etc., provide a lasting effect on your life while providing many memories.
TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?
W. Peters: I will miss my teammates and just the everyday activities you encounter as a student on a college campus.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable basketball moment at TSU?
W. Peters: My most memorable basketball moment at TSU as a team would be when we beat Murray State at Murray. They where a ranked team and we gained a lot of national exposure for our university and program and it was a proud moment because it was something I wanted to accomplish before I left.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non- basketball at TSU?
W. Peters: My most memorable non-basketball moment is my first pep rally as the captain and I had to speak. I was so nervous and I remember talking but I felt like I was whispering.lol
TSUTigers: How do you feel social networking this season play a part in the season?
W. Peters: Social networking played a big part I believe. More students knew about events and getting it out to the community. I still believe we can reach even more people while restoring the tradition of the basketball program now that we're on the right track.
TSUTigers: Do you have a favorite TSU fan/supporter? If so, who?
W. Peters: Yes, my favorite TSU fan is, pardon me because I can't remember her name, but she attends every game and voices her opinion to the refs. Her favorite quote is "Shoot it like you want it, I want it". She is a wonderful lady and has been there since day one. I really appreciate her support as well as others and I was glad to give her a winning season with some notoriety before I left.
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
W. Peters: The advice I would give to an incoming freshman would be don't rush the experience. College is an awesome four years of your young adulthood and it's valuable to enjoy the good and the bad and grow as a person while getting an education and meeting people/ building friendships.
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
W. Peters: My most challenging class at TSU without a shadow of doubt would be history. I never forget how much extra I had to do because it was a subject I couldn't get into. The most studying I ever did in my life.
TSUTigers: You completed your bachelor's degree last year and played your final season as a graduate student. Talk about that experience.
W. Peters: Well the experience was awesome because with graduating a year early you place yourself in a good position to really focus on your sport. Graduate classes are usually at night and only once a week. So you would have a lot more extra time on your hands to workout, watch film or whatever the case may be because of your schedule not being so demanding. So the position I put myself in was great and really helped in my senior campaign.
TSUTigers: What are you studying in graduate school?
W. Peters: I'm currently studying sports administration in graduate school.
TSUTigers: What organizations were you a part of besides basketball?
W. Peters: I was a part of only a few but FCA (Fellowship of Christian athletes) SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee)
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
W. Peters: The most influential person to me at TSU would be actually a person that's behind the scenes and doesn't get much credit Miguel Brady. This man invested a lot of time in me. He shared wisdom and believed in my vision even before it seemed possible. He really invested into my life so I would have to say him.
TSUTigers: What's next for you?
W. Peters: The next thing for me is that I will be playing professionally. I just signed my agent at the time of writing this. Shout out to A3 sports and currently whether it's here or overseas I don't know but I know God has something in store for me in this next chapter of my life. (I will come back one day to finish my masters)
TSUTigers: Once you are an alumnus, how will you stay connected with TSU?
W. Peters: I will be a good alumnus by not disassociating myself from the school after I leave because I realize it invested in my life in many ways besides schooling so I plan to give back and be a positive product of Tennessee State University.
TSUTigers: What do you know now that you didn't know coming in as a freshman?
W. Peters: Well I know a little more about life and dealing with situations while making the most of it. Also you gain so much more from college than a diploma saying you went to school four more years which I thought it was but I realize you learn so much more about yourself and you just grow as a person while determining which direction you want to head in.
TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
W. Peters: What I've learned that I will take with me for the rest of my life is something I already had is just simply hard work.
TSUTigers: Is there anything else that you would like to say to the TSU family?
W. Peters: To the TSU family thank for a wonderful five years at TSU. I really appreciate all the support that was shown through the years; to me individually, my teammates and staff from the community and student body and faculty. I know it goes un-said often but I speak on behalf of the team and me personally that whoever helped me along the way I am very, very grateful for the small and the big. THANKS!!!