Valparaiso University senior forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after averaging a double-double in three Crusader victories last week and earning MVP honors at the Men Who Speak Up Main Event.
Peters opened the week by recording 24 points and 10 rebounds in the Crusaders’ win over Alabama in Las Vegas – Valpo’s third victory over a team from a Power Five conference in the last two seasons. He followed with 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way as the Crusaders won the Heavyweight Division of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event, claiming the MVP award after Valpo’s 92-89 victory over BYU. Peters capped the week with a 23-point, eight-rebound effort Sunday in the win against Ball State.
For the week, Peters averaged 24.3 points and 10 rebounds per game. The senior, who currently ranks fourth in the nation in scoring and has scored at least 20 points in all seven of Valpo’s games this season, continued his uncanny accuracy at the foul line as well, hitting 29 of his 31 free throw attempts over the three games. Peters has now claimed six Player of the Week awards from the Horizon League office in his career, tied for ninth-most in league history, and also moved into the top-20 in Horizon League history on the league’s career scoring chart.