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Posted On: 09/12/18 5:00 PM
Bismarck Century won the state title a year ago and will need to replace several key players lost to graduation. One guy who figures to figure prominently in that effort is Mason Peterson.
Peterson, a senior guard, spent the grassroots season with ECI Select where he provided consistent effort and energy on both ends of the floor and displayed strong shot-making ability.
“ECI gave me a great opportunity to develop my game as a whole,” said Peterson. “Playing against top players really turned me into a better player overall. The competition in the summer is on a whole different level and going up against the top prospects really shows you what you need to work on to compete.”
At 6-foot-2, Peterson has the size, strength and athleticism to be a menace on the defensive end of the floor. His effort level shows he prioritizes making an impact on that end of the floor as he’s willing to take charges, dive for loose balls and play with all-out energy.
On the offensive end, he’s a solid slasher who can make plays for others and has shown the ability to knock down open perimeter jumpers.
“One of the biggest things I think I’ve improved on is become a leader and playing with confidence,” Peterson said. “I play mostly the two or three during the high school season but played a lot of point during AAU. On the defensive end I try to bring energy. I think what I need to work on is limiting mistakes and becoming more consistent with my shot.”
Peterson’s low-maintenance style of play and multidimensional skillset potentially makes him a solid college prospect. Though he said he’s unsure what his future plans are beyond high school.
“I’m not 100 percent sure yet,” said Peterson. “Some schools have shown interest and came to watch some of our games but not much more than that. But if something comes around that I like, I’d definitely take that into consideration.”
For now, his focus from a basketball perspective will be on making his senior year as good as it can be. Expectations are always high with Century no matter who is gone and who is back.
“Our team is coming off a state championship so there is nothing less than high expectations again,” Peterson said. “We graduated seven seniors. This upcoming year we have six seniors and some good underclassmen. I want to help our team compete at a high level. I think I can do that by bringing grit on the defensive end and being a presence on the offensive end as a shooter and as a playmaker. We have the potential to be a really good team.”