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Valparaiso’s Alec Peters isn’t a household name, but he should be.
Valpo’s soon-to-be all-time leading scorer goes into his senior season looking to build on the team’s 30-win season from a year ago. And while 30-win seasons don’t come along often, there was little for the Crusaders to celebrate after being bounced from the Horizon League Tournament early and receiving no NCAA Tourney bid.
Valpo was the overwhelming favorite to win the conference tournament and rightfully so with star forward Alec Peters and a regular season league record of 16-2. Surprisingly, Green Bay walked away with the tournament championship and the invitation to the Big Dance.
Peters, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward averaged 18.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 32.1 minutes per game last season. He shot better than 50 percent from the floor and hit 91 of his 207 three-pointers, good for 44 percent. He also converted 85 percent of his free-throw attempts.
After beating Green Bay in the final game of the regular season, Valpo fell to the Phoenix a week later in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals. Despite the tremendous effort of Peters, who scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, the Crusaders season was essentially over.
Peters averaged 20.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in the NIT to officially close out the 2015-16 season.
Despite the disappointing end to the campaign, Valparaiso is optimistic about the upcoming season. With Peters back for his senior season, there’s no reason that they shouldn’t compete for a Horizon League title in 2017.
And if Peters puts together the kind of season he did as a junior but doesn’t get any nods for All-American honors, it makes one wonder what the criteria is.