Given a family background of success in the Pac-12 Conference and his southern California roots, Bryce Peters always expressed a desire to excel in the league.
Instead, his basketball career is taking him just about as far from the bright lights of the Pac-12 as a player can get.
On the heels of his decision to transfer from the Colorado men’s basketball team following a freshman season dogged by off-court troubles, Peters has decided to continue his career at Northwest Florida State College, a junior college in Niceville, Fla.
Peters, the nephew of former UCLA and NBA star Tracy Murray, was the most highly-regarded player in CU’s freshman class of 2016-17, arriving in Boulder with the potential to be a versatile, explosive scorer.
Peters eventually delivered on some of that promise, producing all five of his double-digit scoring efforts during an 11-game stretch in Pac-12 play. That run included a season-best 15 points on a 5-for-6 night (3-for-3 on 3-pointers) in a home win against Oregon State.
Unfortunately for Peters and the Buffs, that momentum was derailed by his continued inability to stay on the floor. Peters began his career by missing the first two games of the season after getting suspended for a violation of team rules, then was benched for the first half of a win at Portland on Dec. 3 after missing a study hall session.
Peters appeared to have turned a corner during his scoring uptick in January and February, but another violation of team rules resulted in Peters being suspended for the final four games of the regular season as well as CU’s two games in the Pac-12 tournament.
Peters was reinstated for CU’s loss at Central Florida in the first round of the NIT but did not play. Ultimately, Peters missed 8.5 games due to various rules infractions, exactly 25 percent of CU’s entire schedule. He averaged 4.7 points with a .392 field goal percentage in 24 games.
Northwest Florida reached the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament this past season.