Hoop Dreams: Cameron Peters will make his mother's wish come true

The Piedmont junior basketball player has no doubt that he will attend college, whether he plays or not.
by Scott Wright Published: January 24, 2013
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photo - Piedmont High School's Cameron Peters and his father, James, pose for a photo together at the Kingfisher High School gym on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Kingfisher, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Piedmont High School's Cameron Peters and his father, James, pose for a photo together at the Kingfisher High School gym on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Kingfisher, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

— Every day when 10-year-old Cameron Peters got home from school, it was time for homework and a ham sandwich.

No matter how sick Darlecia Peters got, or how much pain she was in after chemotherapy treatments, she always had the strength for her son's homework and ham sandwich.

Those moments are the memories that stick with Cameron six years after his mother's death from breast cancer.

Ham sandwiches and homework. Or mom's amazing spaghetti. Or how she always called him her “sweet boy.”

“Those are the things I'll always remember,” Cameron said.

Add one more thing to the list — her constant reminder that Cameron will go to college.

Not maybe. Not hopefully. He will go to college.

When Cameron was playing youth basketball, Darlecia always pushed him to get better. The only area where she pushed harder was in academics.

Now, as a 6-foot-5 junior for the Piedmont basketball team, Cameron might have found an avenue to bring the two together.

Strong and athletic, he's a force as a scorer, rebounder and defender.

He already has a scholarship offer from South Dakota, and he is hearing from a variety of programs, such as Oklahoma, Tulsa and Oral Roberts, to Alaska, Drexel, Cornell and others.

“Her biggest thing was that Cameron go to college,” said Cameron's father, James Peters. “Now I feel like that has become my No. 1 priority, my No. 1 goal — to make sure he goes to college, whether it's on a basketball scholarship or not.”

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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