QJ Peterson

QJ Peterson (born October 12, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for Bakken Bears in the Danish Basketligaen.

QJ Peterson
No. 7 – Bakken Bears
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
Born (1994-10-12) October 12, 1994 (age 26)
Frederick, Maryland
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High schoolHedgesville High School
(Hedgesville, West Virginia)
CollegeVMI (2013–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Undrafted
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017USK Praha
2017–2018Anyang KGC
2020–presentBakken Bears
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

Peterson was born in Frederick, Maryland and was coached by Kelly Church at Hedgesville High School. He led the team to a State Championship, an achievement that has not been reached since 1971. He played at Massanutten Military Academy alongside seven Division One Players. Peterson received multiple offers from different colleges, signing with VMI on November 20, 2012.[1]

College careerEdit

In his first game at VMI, Peterson scored 25 points against The Citadel. He averaged 19 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and was named to the Big South All-Freshman Team. Peterson suffered a mental breakdown in January 2015 and missed the rest of the season with a medical furlough. He returned to the team as a junior and averaged 19.6 points per game.[1] Peterson declared for the 2016 NBA draft but returned to VMI.[2] As a senior, Peterson was named to the First Team All-Southern Conference by the media and Second Team All-Conference by the coaches.[3] He averaged 19.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Peterson signed his first professional contract with USK Praha on September 7, 2017.[4] He averaged 21.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in six games. He signed with Anyang KGC on November 11, 2017.[5] Peterson was selected by the Lakeland Magic in the first round of the 2018 NBA G League draft but was waived in the preseason. On November 16, 2018, he signed with APOEL B.C. in Cyprus.[6] In November 2019, Peterson signed with MBC Mykolaiv of the Ukrainian Basketball Superleague.[7] He averaged 29.5 points per game as the top scorer in the Ukrainian League. On June 29, 2020, Peterson signed with the Bakken Bears.[8]


  1. ^ a b King, Randy (March 3, 2016). "QJ Peterson glad to be back with VMI basketball team". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  2. ^ King, Randy (April 27, 2016). "VMI's Peterson to test waters in NBA Draft". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  3. ^ "VMI senior QJ Peterson named All-SoCon". The News & Advance. March 1, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "QJ Peterson signs with USK Praha". Sportando. September 7, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "QJ Peterson signs with Anyang KGC". Sportando. November 17, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  6. ^ "Q.J. Peterson signs with Apoel Nicosia". Sportando. November 16, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  7. ^ https://mycity.mk.ua/news/457496/
  8. ^ "QJ Peterson signs with Bakken Bears". Sportando. June 29, 2020. Retrieved June 29, 2020.

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