UC NOTEBOOK
Peek hopes to get shot at basketball

Thursday, December 17, 1998

BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Antwan Peek loves basketball.

That much is certain.

What isn't established is whether he will soon be loving it at the Division I level.

Peek, a freshman who played defensive end for the Bearcats football team this fall, said late last week he intends to join the basketball squad in practice after it completes the current road trip, presuming his first quarter went well academically. Football coach Rick Minter said Wednesday that grades are due today.

“Academic progress will, indeed, dictate his ability to play another sport,” Minter said.

He favors Peek, who carries 215 pounds on his 6-4 frame, devoting his winter to weightlifting in an effort to bulk up. Peek said he intends to maintain a full workout schedule along with practicing basketball.

Peek was recruited out of Woodward High by the football Bearcats with an understanding he would be given the opportunity to play basketball. Peek was not as highly recruited as a basketball player but he wants to play because he enjoys it so much.

“I like basketball better,” Peek said. “Football wasn't as hard for me growing up, because I've always been bigger, than a lot of the guys. Basketball is harder for me. I guess that's why I like it. I like the challenge.”

Toy story

UC has tickets for its remaining December home games — the Conference USA opener against Houston Dec. 22 and a non-league game against UNC-Wilmington Dec. 30 — and is offering a $5 discount for customers donating a toy to the Toys for Tots program.

Streak? What streak?

UC players are aware of the 79-game winning streak forward Pete Mickeal stretched to 80 with the victory over Minnesota, and they're sure he thinks about it. But they treat it like he's pitching a no-hitter: no one brings up the subject.

“I know about it, but I don't think about it,” said UC senior guard Melvin Levett. “I don't want to jinx him.”

1998 basketball stories