Dority's First Team Selection Highlights Crusader Award Winners
Monday, March 3, 2014
Dority's First Team Selection Highlights Crusader Award Winners

For the fourth straight year, the Valparaiso men's basketball team was represented on the All-League First Team as the Horizon League announced its postseason awards, as senior guard Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) earned First Team All-League honors this season. In addition, freshman forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and freshman guard Lexus Williams (Chicago, Ill./Marist) both earned spots on the league's All-Freshman Team.

Dority earned First Team All-League accolades one season after he was named the league's Sixth Man of the Year. This year, the senior stepped up into the leadership role for the Crusaders, averaging a team-best 16.2 points per game, good for fifth in the league. He also ranks among the league's top-five in free throw percentage, three-point percentage and three-pointers made. Dority scored in double figures 26 times this year and led Valpo on 16 occasions. Twice he broke the 30-point barrier, making him one of just six Crusaders in the last two decades to accomplish that in a career.

Peters earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team following one of the best seasons by a Crusader rookie in recent history. The freshman averaged 12.0 points - on 47.5% shooting - and 4.7 rebounds per game this year, hitting at a 37.6% clip from beyond the 3-point line. Starting every game this year, he is on pace to become the first Valpo freshman since the 1998-99 campaign to start each and every contest as a rookie. His scoring average is the best by a Valpo freshman since Lubos Barton (1998-99), while his rebounding average is tops by a freshman since Raitis Grafs (1999-2000).

Williams joined Peters on the All-Freshman Team after averaging 24 minutes per game at the point for the Crusaders as a rookie. He averaged 6.8 points per game and ranked among the league's best in assists (2.5 apg, 11th) and steals (1.1 spg, 12th). Williams scored in double figures on eight occasions, including a career-high 22 points to lead Valpo in its win at Detroit. He paced the Crusaders in steals 12 times and in assists nine times.