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

The academic benefit is only one of the motives in Cameron's desire for a college education. He and James also want to keep Darlecia's legacy living strong as Cameron pursues his mother's most important goal for his life.

Darlecia died Jan. 2, 2007, at age 38 after a 10-month battle with breast cancer.

“At first, I couldn't believe it,” Cameron said. “It was hard, just waking up and not being able to see her.

In December 2007, Cameron's grandfather died of cancer as well.

An emotionally challenging year for anyone, especially a 10-year-old boy.

“The three things that helped me get through it all were my dad, my family and basketball,” Cameron said. “That was it.”

Basketball is still at the crux of the father-son relationship.

“I never miss a game,” James said. “Right now, he's injured and he's not playing, but I still come out and watch. I love watching him play.”

Darlecia's drive to see her son succeed still lives in Cameron, though that wasn't always the case right after her death.

“I lost it back then,” Cameron said. “I was thinking about her a lot and I kind of gave up on myself. But I realized I can't do that. I have to remember all the good things she did for me and keep going.”

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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