There are plenty of great players that you know a lot about, but there are also some superstars who don’t get the same notoriety. In this, Bracketball’s second “Primetime Player” profile, I look at Valparaiso’s go-to guy, Alec Peters
Alec Peters, F #25
6-9, 240 lbs
17.5 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG
50.2% FG, 45.9% 3PT, 85.2% FT
Valparaiso is one of those teams that you never hear too much about, but they’re always in the mix when March rolls around. Out of the Horizon League, the Crusaders are one of those teams that gets into the tournament as a 12 or 13 seed, and they are the last team that the 4’s and 5’s want to see in the 1st round. Valpo looks like it has a really good shot to get back to the Big Dance this year, and if they do, it will be mostly due to the efforts of junior forward Alec Peters.
Peters has been a starter for Valpo from the minute he stepped on campus. During his freshman year, Peters played at least 20 minutes in all but two games, and he even eclipsed the 30-point mark twice.
Last season, Peters was the leading scorer for the Crusaders, averaging 16.8 points per game. He led them to a Horizon League title, and a trip to the tournament as a 13-seed to take on Melo Trimble and the 4-seed Maryland Terrapins. Peters put up 18 points in that game, but Maryland kept him from getting off a game-tying bucket, and Maryland escaped with a three point victory.
Valpo was disappointed, but with Peters back for his junior season, the Crusaders are on their way to a second consecutive Horizon League championship, and another shot in the tourney, where Peters will look to be a major difference maker.
You can see a couple reasons why Peters has game-changing qualities in these highlights of a Valpo win over Belmont earlier this season.
At 6’9″, Peters is able to take over a game in the paint. He is a great rebounder (averages a career high 7.9 a game this season), and he is able to finish second-chance opportunities. What is even more impressive at his size is his ability to slash to the bucket. If he has the ball at the top of the key, he is easily able to drive past the defender or split two defenders and score at the rim.
But the best part of Peters’s game is his ability to step outside and hit the three-ball. He has incredible form on his jump shot, and he can hit the shot off the dribble or coming off an an off-ball screen. He hits open jumpers, and he can make shots with a defender in his grill. Peters is an extremely talented scorer, and Valpo will go as far as Peters takes them.
When you’re watching CBS on Selection Sunday this year, pay special attention to where Valparaiso gets slotted, assuming they win the Horizon League. They would have an outside chance to gain an at-large bid, but it would not be likely. But if they get in, depending on their match-up, they could be a good upset pick, thanks to Alec Peters.