If I told you that Casey Peters is a collegiate success story, most of you would have no idea who I was talking about. Casey Peters is not a household name. Casey Peters is a 6'4" senior guard for the Duke Blue Devils.
He has never scored a point, has only three career rebounds and one career steal. He has played in 10 career games for a total of 16 minutes.
With numbers like that, why do I call Casey Peters a success?
Casey spent his first two years at Duke as a student manager - helping with practice and in the weight room among other things. After practice, he would work on his basketball skills and in the weight room, improving his game and body.
Similar to the story of Notre Dame football icon Dan "Rudy" Ruettinger, who walked on and eventually played for the Irish, and whose story inspired the 1993 movie, Rudy, Casey earned his way onto the Blue Devils roster as a junior. He was awarded a walk on spot for the 2009-10 season and earned a scholarship for the 2010-11 season.
Casey Peters may not be a household name and he won't be an NBA draft pick. But here's hoping that Casey Peters will get his opportunity to score a handful of points, even if it is at the end of blowout win. He already has won an NCAA championship and Duke is the early season favorite to repeat.
Casey obviously had a goal and was willing to work as hard as it took to accomplish his goal. I'm rooting for Casey and it's nice to see his hard work be rewarded.