Alec Peters

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Alec Peters
Phoenix Suns
Position Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1995-04-13) April 13, 1995 (age 22)
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–present Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards

Alec Peters (born April 13, 1995) is an American basketball player. He played college basketball player for Valparaiso University, where he was an All-American in 2017.

High school career[edit]

Peters, 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 game against Chicago State.[11] 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. Peters scored 2,348 total points in his Valparaiso career.[1]

Professional career[edit]

In the 2017 NBA Draft, Peters was selected with the 54th pick by the Phoenix Suns.[1]

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. 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. 

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