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The Rafters, Class of 2012: Anthony Peeler

Anthony Peeler (1988-92)

1988-89: 10.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.8 APG, 0.9 SPG
1989-90: 16.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 5.8 APG, 2.0 SPG
1990-91: 19.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.8 SPG
1991-92: 23.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.9 APG, 2.1 SPG

Perhaps the most dizzying all-around talent ever to play at Mizzou, Anthony Peeler could slash, pass, score and defend the perimeter as well as any Tiger in history. A 6’4" guard from Kansas City’s Paseo High, Peeler was the Big Eight Newcomer of the Year in 1989, as he helped the Tigers reach the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. In his sophomore season, Peeler showed his remarkable versatility, averaging 16.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 2.0 steals en route to being named first-team All-Big Eight. He also became just the eighth Tiger to score 40 points in a game as he drilled Iowa State for 42, including a perfect 20 for 20 from the free throw line. After he lost the early part of his junior season to academics, Peeler returned and averaged 19.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Peeler was even more dominant as a senior, winning the Big Eight scoring title and Player of the Year honors, and leading a group of young role players to the NCAA Tournament. But the most vivid memory of that season came in a loss, when he scored an electrifying 43 points at Kansas. His 1,970 career points rank him third all-time, and he remains number one in assists (497) and steals (196).