Alec
Peters
Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6'9" / 232 lbs
School/Club: Valparaiso
Status: Senior
Birthday: April 13, 1995

About Alec Peters

Peters is nothing if not loyal. After the 2016 season, his coach, Bryce Drew, departed for Vanderbilt, leaving Peters with options. Having earned his degree, he could have headed to Vandy, or any other power conference school, as a graduate transfer and been immediately eligible. He certainly had every right to think he could have made a major impact at a high level of Division I. Ultimately, Peters decided to stay at Valpo, and he was putting together a great season before suffering a stress fracture in his right leg in February, causing him to miss the rest of the season. That led to the Crusaders’ first-round ouster in the Horizon League tournament, which prevented Peters from showcasing his skills in the NCAA tournament, and also hampering him in the run-up to the NBA Draft.

Strengths

  • Excellent 3-point shooter
  • Gets to the free-throw line often and converts at a high rate
  • Can put the ball on the floor to get his shot
  • Good passer
  • Competes on the boards

Weaknesses

  • Average athlete
  • Can he score over length in the NBA?
  • Can he defend quick wings or bigger posts?

NBA projection: Peters has been projected as a second-round pick.

2016-17 Season
Peters led the Horizon League in scoring, rebounding, and free throw percentage in a senior year that was shaping up to be even more memorable until he suffered a stress fracture in his right leg and was forced to sit. Valpo, which tied for first in the regular-season Horizon standings, was knocked out of the league tournament in the first round, robbing Peters the chance to play in, the very least, the NIT—where the Crusaders lost in the first round to Illinois State—but possibly the NCAA tournament. He received first-team Academic All-America honors, was voted third-team All-America by the NABC, and was also an honorable mention Associated Press All-American. Peters was voted the Horizon’s player of the year and earned first-team all-league honors for the third time.

Key statistics: 23.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.4 tpg, 35.1 mpg, .466 FG, .363, .887 FT

Career Highlights: An Honorable Mention All-American by the AP and Horizon League Player of the Year as a senior. Broke Valparaiso program career scoring, rebounding, field goals made, free throws made and games started marks, and ranks second in three-pointers made and fourth all-time in free throw percentage. In the Horizon League record book, is third in league history with 2,348 career points scored - the most since 1988.

Cool statistic: Peters, who finished as Valpo’s all-time leading scorer, was the only player in Division I basketball to rank among the top 20 in scoring and rebounding.

Reminds me of: Matt Bonner

What Insiders Say
Valparaiso coach Matt Lottich

“There’s not much I say that Alec doesn’t know beforehand. He’s a coach on the floor.”

What Outsiders Say
Kentucky coach John Calipari

“He knows how to score baskets. He steps back, he fades away and scores, so even if you guard him and do a good job, he can still score.”

 

 

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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