Aug. 24, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller today announced the promotion of Danny Peters and the addition of JayDee Luster to his administrative staff.
Peters will serve as the program's assistant director of basketball operations, while Luster will occupy the graduate manager's position.
Peters will oversee Arizona's video scouting efforts and is responsible for the organization, breakdown, scouting and presentation of game film. He also will handle player edits for individual player's use and create recruiting videos as well as recruiting game tape for coaches' evaluation.
"I am extremely excited to continue working under Coach Miller and with the Arizona basketball program in this new role," said Peters. "I'm looking forward to our bright future at Arizona and continuing to add to our outstanding tradition."
Administratively, he will supervise the academic progress of each student-athlete within the program, as all 23 players to complete their eligibility under Miller have earned their degrees. Peters is also co-director of the Sean Miller Basketball Camps and will coordinate UA former player outreach.
Peters, 26, originally joined the UA basketball staff in August 2010 as the graduate manager. Peters made 35 appearances in four seasons (2006-10) at Ohio State University. He filled a vacancy left by Jeff Feld, who left to take a front office position with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
"Danny Peters has done an incredible job the last two years as our graduate manager," said Miller. "He has shown the skills necessary to become an excellent coach in the near future. The progression toward this development is to allow Danny to expand his role inside of our program where he can continue to add tremendous value in other areas that dramatically impact us on a daily basis. Every college basketball staff cherishes continuity and having Danny as our new assistant director of basketball operations gives us this advantage."
Luster, 23, will aid the coaching staff in player and team workouts in addition to various operational and video responsibilities while he pursues a postgraduate degree.
A three-year starter as a point guard for the University of Wyoming, Luster was the Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year, a member of the league's all-defensive team and an honorable mention all-conference selection in 2011-12. He guided the Cowboys to a 21-12 record last season and a berth in the College Basketball Invitational. All told, it was Wyoming's first 20-win season since 2002-03 and the program's first postseason appearance in four years.
Luster averaged 5.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in 33 appearances (32 starts) as a senior. He ranked 32nd nationally with a 2.35 assist:turnover ratio and ranked sixth in the Mountain West in assists. Four of his 12 double-figure scoring games came in 2011-12, including a career-high 18 points on Dec. 13 vs. UC-Irvine. He passed out a career high of 11 assists on Nov. 18, 2009, against Peru State.
"I am honored to be a part of a program with such a great tradition and to be working with a great coaching staff," said Luster.
Over his three seasons in Laramie (2008-12), Luster averaged 5.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in 90 appearances. He capped his career ranked eighth on UW's all-time assist list with 344 and ranked 14th with 81 starts.
He also played one season (2007-08) at New Mexico State.
Originally from San Diego, Calif., Luster earned degrees in social science and criminal justice from Wyoming in 2012. He attended Hoover High School and played for Coach Ollie Goulston, the same as current Wildcat forward Angelo Chol.
"We are ecstatic to be able to name JayDee Luster as our new graduate manager," Miller said. "JayDee had a stellar four-year career at Wyoming where this past season he was named the Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year. JayDee came highly recommended from numerous people namely, his most recent head coach Larry Shyatt. His leadership abilities, basketball intelligence, and unique perspective of a most recent student-athlete will be invaluable for our players."