SAINT JOHN, NB. — With the 2017 NBL Canada Draft now in the rearview mirror, the attention shifts to the start of the 2017-18 season for the ten teams in the league.
After adding the likes of Cleon Roberts from the La Salle Explorers and Kyle Steward from the UMKC ‘Roos by way of the draft, the Saint John Riptide made some more personnel moves to bolster their roster ahead of the 2017-18 season.
The Riptide went out and added some more former Division I players ahead of the upcoming season, and added depth to the front court in the process.
Saint John signed 6’7” wing Derrico Peck, who most recently played for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks during the 2016-17 season, to add some size and athleticism to the roster.
Peck played four seasons in the NCAA, splitting his time with both the Northeastern Huskies and the Hawks. Following two seasons with the Huskies, he transferred to Eastern Shore.
He sat out the 2014-15 season due to transfer regulations.
Last season, the native of Atlanta, GA played a career-high 21.9 minutes per night out. Peck played in all 33 games for the Hawks, averaging 5.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He also shot 66.4% (77-of-116) from the field over the course of the season.
In a three-game stretch to close out the month of January last season, Peck recorded double-digit points in all three. In the middle game of the three, a 92-69 win for the Hawks over the Florida A&M Rattlers, Peck recorded 13 points, five rebounds, and five blocks in the win.
The Riptide are getting an athletic player who plays bigger than he stands. Peck has the versatility and game to give the lineup for Saint John a few different looks on both ends of the floor.
Saint John opens the 2017-18 season on November 23rd on the road against the Cape Breton Highlanders, who are led by former Georgia Bulldogs’ guard Charles Mann.
– T. Bennett