For Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, it had to be a refreshing change of pace.
Just days after he had to wait until the late signing period to receive final word that Baltimore prep senior point guard Josh Selby wanted to be a Jayhawk — the young man had to make his announcement on national television, of course — Self didn't have to sweat at all to get some great news for the future of his program.
Sophomore big man Zach Peters of Plano, Texas, considered one of the crown jewels of the Class of 2012, gave an oral commitment to Kansas on Wednesday afternoon at a news conference at Prestonwood Christian Academy.
Peters was also considering North Carolina, Kentucky and Texas. So for reasons other than his 6-foot-9, 235-pound frame, this was a big get for the Jayhawks.
"I'll do my best to repay Coach Self and Kansas on the court and in the classroom," Peters said. "I am confident in my decision. There are a lot of great basketball programs, but I feel Kansas is the best fit for me."
These days, it seems kids are either supremely confident in their decision or downright unwilling to decide. Just look at KU's current class of 2010. Kansas received an oral commitment from Phoenix shooting guard Royce Woolridge at the end of his sophomore year. On the other end of the spectrum, KU had to wait until last week to hear the decisions of Selby and Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb, who both chose Kentucky.
Peters certainly sounds like one of those kids who knows what he wants.
"I have won a national championship in AAU, a state championship with Prestonwood Christian Academy, and I hope to win two more at PCA as a junior and senior," Peters said. "My goal is to win a national championship at the next level with the Kansas Jayhawks."
Those in Peters' circle supported his decision to choose KU and get it out of the way so early.
"It's his hard work that has separated him from the pack in the recruitment process," said Brad Freeman, Peters' coach at Prestonwood Christian. "There are other players in Prestonwood's program that will be able to look to Zach as a model of the right way to personally go through the process of selecting the best college experience. Zach will fit well into the KU program and style of play that Coach Self has put together."
Peters now becomes the earliest known commitment to the KU program, barely edging Woolridge, who committed on May 1 of his sophomore year.
"He has shown a lot of maturity in the way he came to his decision," said Tim Peters, Zach's father, "and we are really proud of him."