Major blow to Valparaiso’s tournament chances
Named as First Team Academic All-American on Thursday, the school announced on their website after an initial injury Peters suffered on February 24, the reevaluation proved true on March 1.
The college career of forward Alec Peters is done.
One of the popular players in Valparaiso history, he was named the 2017 Horizon League Player of the Year and finished the season averaging 23 points per game to go along with 10.1 rebounds per game. He was part of 100 wins, which included a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and being part of the NIT runner-up squad in 2016–the deepest push by any Valpo team in any national postseason tournament to date.
In each of the 29 games he played this season, he scored in double figures and in 23 of those games put up at least 20 points. Peters also had 16 double-doubles to his credit.
He edged out 1998 graduate and one-time coach Bryce Drew as the all-time scoring leader in Valparaiso history with 2,348 points. That total puts him in third place among all-time greats in Horizon League history. He also finishes his Valpo career as the school’s Valpo’s all-time leader rebounding (997), field goals made (790) and free throws made (479). He finishes second to Bryce Drew for overall games played (134) and three-pointers made (289).
This means that the Crusaders will have to find other key players like junior Tevonn Walker and senior Shane Hammink to step up and hopefully fill the void in Peters’ absence. Attempting to three games over four days at the Horizon League Tournament in the final days of Joe Louis Arena in Detroit is going to be a more difficult task than originally anticipated.
The Crusaders will await the winner of the host school Detroit Mercy and Wisconsin-Milwaukee for an 8 p.m. Eastern time tip on Saturday night. The game can be seen online on ESPN3.