Braves senior enjoying time, success on court

Jordan Peters says his memories of being a part of the boys basketball program at Brownstown Central will last long after he plays his last game for the Braves.

Peters, who began playing basketball in fourth grade at Lutheran Central, has always been a post or inside player.

The senior sometimes plays on the block, while other times, he sets up at the high post.

“It just depends on what play we’ve got going,” Peters said. “I prefer down a little bit better. I go back-and-forth across the lane. Teams play me different (in front or behind). In man, they can double you if they want to. In zone, it is probably a little easier to get a shot off.”

Peters said good positioning leads to more rebounds.

“When the shot goes up, you’ve got to move your feet,” Peters said. “You’ve got to get around your guy and keep your hands out. You can’t be pushing or anything. You’ve got to have good footwork and jump at the right time.”

The Braves often run a press on defense, and Peters can play multiple roles in the defense.

“Some presses, I’m at half court in our full court, and on some, I’m all the way back protecting the rim,” Peters said. “We have a number system. One of them is man-to-man, but then we have three or four of them that are zone.”

The Braves are unbeaten this season, and Peters attributes that success to teamwork.

“I think it goes back to the past couple years when we’ve been able to play with each other so much and knowing each other,” he said. “The positive for our team is, I think, each and every day at practice, we practice against other seniors. We’re not practicing against underclassmen that have no varsity experience.”

This week, the Braves (16-0) were named the No. 1 team in Class 3A.

“Being ranked is a good feeling, but that really doesn’t mean anything,” Peters said. “We’ve got to keep coming out every night and win.”

A highlight victory for Peters was helping the Braves win their season opener against Salem.

“It was our first game together because the guys had gone to the semistate in football,” Peters said. “It was our first time out together, and we had to prove to everybody that we could hang with them and play with them. We knew they were pretty good. They’re a team that’s not going to go away.”

Peters said he enjoys the fan support at Brownstown.

“We have great crowds,” he said. “The people in Brownstown come out and do a really good job of supporting us. They have forever.”

Peters said much of the Braves’ successes come from the work put in outside of games.

“You practice how you play,” Peters said. “You’ve got to go out there every day at practice and try and do your best. It will reflect in your games how you practice. We all trust each other here.”

He said he has liked being a student at Brownstown.

“I’ve enjoyed it all four years,” Peters said. “It’s been an amazing experience. I wish it wouldn’t end, but it’s going to, so you’ve just got to make the most of it each and every day.”

Peters file

Name: Jordan Peters

School: Brownstown Central High School

Parents: Brett and Julie Peters

Sibling: Chelsey

Sport: Basketball, four years

Athletic highlight: Mid-Southern Conference champions

Organizations: National Honor Society, Sportsman’s Club, Lettermen’s Club, 4-H

Plans after high school: Attend Purdue University

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite TV show: “NCIS”

Favorite musician: Garth Brooks

Favorite movie: “American Sniper”

Favorite team: Golden State Warriors

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.