Morris Peterson

MSU Basketball

Born in Flint, Morris Peterson played basketball for Flint Northwestern before being his standout career at Michigan State University. His senior year, he led his team in scoring, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. On top of being a part of the 2000 National Championship, he was voted Big Ten Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten. He was selected 21st overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2000 NBA Draft, and has since had his number 42 retired at MSU.

Peterson enjoyed an 11-year NBA career, spending most of that time in Toronto but also playing for New Orleans and Oklahoma City. He was known for his three-point shooting, acrobatic shots, defense and seemingly fearless drives to the rim. He set a record for most games played as a Raptor (542) and also lead the NBA for most consecutive games played (371). He recorded his 800th three-point field goal in 2005 against the Detroit Pistons.

After retiring from the NBA, Peterson became a sports analyst for TSN (The Sports Network). He joined in on TSN’s coverage of Toronto Raptors games, NCAA coverage and NCAA March Madness.

Peterson left TSN in 2017 to pursue a new venture, the restaurant business. In 2018, Peterson and business partner Viktor Palushaj opened “MoPetes Sports Retreat” just outside of Flint.