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
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
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,
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
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
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you
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!!!
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