WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We caught up with Duane Moss and Rob Peterson over the weekend at the BigShots Showcase at Laney High School. They both play for the Flight 22 elite team. Laney head coach Nathan Faulk is the head coach of Flight 22 elite.
Rob Peterson is the son of former UNCW men’s basketball head coach Buzz Peterson. Duane Moss is the son of former UNCW men’s head basketball coach Benny Moss. Both Rob and Duane are expected to play division one college basketball in the near future just like Buzz Peterson and Benny Moss did. Buzz Peterson played for the UNC Tar Heels. Benny Moss played for the Charlotte 49ers.
Current UNCW men’s head basketball coach Kevin Keatts has two sons. From what we’re told, they’re not being heavily recruited yet. That’s not the case for Benny Moss’s son, Duane Moss or Buzz Peterson’s son, Rob Peterson. We first got a glimpse of a young Rob Peterson six years ago. The boyish grin is still there for Rob and his basketball skills have certainly blossomed since he first moved to the Port City. This past weekend Rob Peterson had a homecoming of sorts. Playing for the Wilmington based Flight 22 basketball team at Laney High School at the Big Shots Showcase.
“Just to get the connection back with Nathan Faulk,” Rob Peterson explained on why he plays for Wilmington based Flight 22. “I played for coach Faulk my freshman year and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately we had to move to Charlotte. To come back and get one more opportunity is really what I was looking forward to.”
Rob Peterson is currently a high junior. He’s received a lot of interest from Wofford and a handful of Big South schools. He plays the wing position. He’s 6-7 and Buzz Peterson’s son is definitely perimeter oriented.
“It was fun to be back. It was fun to experience playing in this gym again. It’s great to play in Michael Jordan Gymnasium. It means a lot to me with my dad’s connections.”
This past weekend was not as fun for Duane Moss. Until Saturday he had never suffered a shoulder injury, but Duane cannot say that anymore. Benny Moss, his father, whose currently an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina saw it first hand.
“You never want to see anybody go down,” Moss said. “Duane went down. He separated his shoulder. We were able to get it popped back in. He should be OK.”
Duane Moss has received six division offers: Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Middle Tennesse, Furman, Tennesse Tech and Delaware. The perimeter oriented 6-7 junior has interest from a handful of other schools including Georgia and Florida. Just like Rob Peterson, Duane understands the recruiting process more than most juniors.
“I have seen it from the coach’s perspective,” Duane Moss told WWAY’s John Rendleman at the BigShots event at Landy High School. “I know what they’re looking for because of my dad and that has helped me a lot, but it’s my process and I take it one step at a time, don’t overdo it and enjoy the process.”
Just like Rob, Duane has not lived in Wilmington for a while, but it was nice to be back, even for just a weekend.
“The town has changed a lot,” he said. “It has grown. Those childhood memories always stay with you. Those will never leave me.”
Nathan Faulk is the head coach of Flight 22, an elite basketball spring/summer program that a backbone organization of BigShots.
“Having these guys play for me, coach’s sons. I have known them since they were 10-11 years old,” Faulk said. “To have a chance for them to play for me in the spring and summer and see them develop in their later stages of the recruiting process is exciting.”