The Valparaiso University men's basketball program confirmed today that 2017 Horizon League Player of the Year Alec Peters will be out for the remainder of the season due to injury.
"Thank you to everyone that has supported me throughout my entire career at Valpo," said Peters. "I have given the fans, the basketball program and the University the absolute best effort I could put forth over my time here. Unfortunately, I will not get to finish my final season the way that I had hoped. I will recover; I will come back stronger; and, I will do my best to represent Valpo as I pursue a professional basketball career. Most importantly, I can't wait to watch my teammates and coaches finish what we started when we all came together last summer. It's been an honor and a pleasure to wear the Brown and Gold."
After starting the first 134 games of his career, Peters was sidelined prior to the Feb. 24 game at Wright State with the injury. After being re-evaluated on March 1, it was determined that Peters would miss the remainder of the year.
With Peters leading the way, the Crusaders have won 100 games over the last four seasons. Over his career, Valpo has captured three Horizon League regular season championships, won the league tournament title and earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 2015, and advanced to the championship game of the NIT in 2016. This season, Valpo went 23-6 in his 29 starts - despite playing most of the year with just three returning rotation players from the previous season - and claimed its fifth Horizon League regular season title in the last six years.
Peters' senior season will go down as one of the top seasons in program history. Peters was named the Horizon League Player of the Year and is one of the nation's leading All-American candidates, averaging 23 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in all 29 appearances, including 23 efforts of 20 or more points, while also registering 16 double-doubles.
Peters will close out his Valpo career as the program's all-time leader in scoring (2,348 points), ranking third in Horizon League history in career scoring. Peters also tops Valpo's all-time record books in rebounding (997 rebounds), field goals made (790) and free throws made (479). He is also second in program history in games played (134) and three-pointers made (289).