Alec Peters

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Alec Peters
No. 5 – PBC CSKA Moscow
Position Power forward / Small forward
League VTB United League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1995-04-13) April 13, 1995 (age 23)
Washington, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Washington (Washington, Illinois)
College Valparaiso (2013–2017)
NBA draft 2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career 2017–present
Career history
2017–2018 Phoenix Suns
2017–2018Northern Arizona Suns
2018–present PBC CSKA Moscow
Career highlights and awards

Alec Peters (born April 13, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. He played college basketball for Valparaiso University, where he was an All-American in 2017.

High school career[edit]

A 6'9" small forward from Washington, Illinois, Peters was a first-team all-state selection in his final two seasons at Washington Community High School.[1] He selected Valparaiso over larger-conference schools such as Boston College, Missouri and Tennessee.[2]

College career[edit]

He immediately became the focus of the team's offense as a freshman, having an eventful season in adjusting to opponent defensive attention and the distraction of serious storms causing destruction in his hometown.[3][4] As a sophomore, Peters settled into a starring role, averaging 16.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. At the conclusion of the season, he was named first-team All-Horizon League.[5] In the 2015 Horizon League Tournament, Peters was named tournament MVP in leading the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament.[6]

In his junior season, Peters gained more of a national reputation. He averaged 18.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and led the Crusaders to the 2016 National Invitation Tournament final, where they lost to George Washington. At the close of the season, Peters took advantage of looser NBA draft eligibility rules to declare for the 2016 NBA draft.[7] He ultimately chose to withdraw his name and after speculation that he might transfer, he opted to return to Valparaiso for his senior year in 2016–17.[8][9]

Prior to the start of the 2016–17 season, Peters was named the preseason Horizon League Player of the Year.[10] He surpassed the 2,000 career point mark in a December 28, 2016 game against Chicago State.[11] On March 10, 2017, Peters had a surgery on his right leg, which resulted in him missing the last four games of his college career. At the end of the regular season, Peters was officially named the Horizon League Player of the Year. He led the conference with 23.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, being one of two players in Division I games to record an average of 20 points and 10 rebounds that season (the other being Tim Kempton Jr.). He also became the only Division I player that year to be in the Top 20 for both points and rebounds. Peters scored 2,348 total points and grabbed 996 total rebounds in his Valparaiso career, which are both school records.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Phoenix Suns (2017–2018)[edit]

In the 2017 NBA draft, Peters was selected with the 54th pick by the Phoenix Suns.[1] While Peters was officially named a member of the Suns' 2017 NBA Summer League squad, he ultimately did not play due to a right leg stress fracture he had before working out with other teams properly throughout the NBA's draft process.[12] He officially signed with the Suns on September 18, 2017.[13] His contract would be a two-way deal, meaning he'd split his playing time between Phoenix and their NBA G League affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns. Peters made his professional debut on October 18, 2017 against the Portland Trail Blazers. After playing in one more game with Phoenix, Peters was transferred to the Northern Arizona Suns affiliate team on October 23, 2017. Throughout this time, Peters would split his playing time between Northern Arizona and Phoenix, mostly playing with the Northern Arizona team in the process. In the last game of his rookie season, he would record a career-high 36 points (including a franchise record-high 8 three-pointers for rookies) and a season-high 9 rebounds in a blowout 124–97 win against the Dallas Mavericks on April 10, 2018. He was the only player besides James Harden that season to record at least 35 points with 8 three-pointers made and 7 rebounds in a single game.[14]

On July 1, 2018, Peters changed his number from 25 to 14 while playing for the Suns in the 2018 NBA Summer League.[15]

CSKA Moscow (2018–present)[edit]

On July 23, 2018, the PBC CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League announced the signing of Peters.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Phoenix 20 0 11.3 .378 .310 .800 1.9 .6 .1 .1 4.1
Career 20 0 11.3 .378 .310 .800 1.9 .6 .1 .1 4.1

NBA G League[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Northern Arizona 35 35 34.0 .467 .411 .851 7.1 2.0 .6 .3 17.6
Career 35 35 34.0 .467 .411 .851 7.1 2.0 .6 .3 17.6

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Valparaiso 34 34 29.6 .490 .383 .773 4.8 1.4 .9 .1 12.7
2014–15 Valparaiso 34 34 30.6 .489 .466 .829 6.7 1.2 .7 .3 16.8
2015–16 Valparaiso 37 37 32.1 .505 .440 .850 8.4 1.3 .7 .3 18.4
2016–17 Valparaiso 29 29 35.1 .466 .363 .887 10.1 2.2 .8 .4 23.0
Career 134 134 31.7 .487 .416 .846 7.4 1.5 .8 .3 17.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Phoenix Suns Draft Alec Peters with the 54th Pick". NBA.com. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  2. ^ Doster, Adam (March 7, 2016). "Beyond the Horizon". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Oren, Paul (January 17, 2014). "Valparaiso freshman Peters working through six weeks of struggles". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  4. ^ Norlander, Matt (November 20, 2013). "Midwest tornadoes hit home for Valpo star freshman Alec Peters". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "Five Crusaders Honored by Horizon League". Valparaiso Crusaders. March 2, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "From Washington, Manual to NCAAs: Alec Peters, Lawrence Alexander lead teams to tourney titles". Peoria Journal Star. March 11, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Osipoff, Michael (April 7, 2016). "Valparaiso's Alec Peters decides to declare for NBA Draft — for now". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Dauster, Rob (May 26, 2016). "Alec Peters withdraws from NBA Draft, will he transfer?". NBCSports.com. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Evans, Andrew (June 2, 2016). "Alec Peters' return to Valparaiso sends shockwaves through the Horizon League". SBNation.com. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  10. ^ "Horizon League Announces Men's Basketball Preseason Awards". Horizon League. October 6, 2016. Archived from the original on 2017-01-03. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "Peters Reaches 2,000 Career Points in Crusaders' Win Over Chicago State". Valparaiso Crusaders. December 28, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  12. ^ http://www.arizonasports.com/story/1165849/phoenix-suns-announce-roster-nba-summer-league-las-vegas/
  13. ^ http://www.nba.com/suns/press-release/phoenix-suns-sign-alec-peters
  14. ^ https://twitter.com/nazsuns/status/984098825072603141
  15. ^ https://www.nba.com/suns/press-release/suns-announce-2018-summer-league-roster
  16. ^ "Alec Peters joined CSKA". cskabasket.com. CSKA Moscow Professional Basketball Club. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.

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