Alec Peters Reportedly Ruled Out for Season with Stress Fracture in Leg

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 29:  Alec Peters #25 of the Valparaiso Crusaders dribbles the ball during the NIT Semi-Final Championship game against the Brigham Young Cougars at Madison Square Garden on March 29, 2016 in New York City.  The Crusaders won 72-70.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Valparaiso Crusaders forward Alec Peters has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2016-17 season due to a stress fracture in his leg, according to the Post-Tribune's Michael Osipoff.

Peters has been the Crusaders' most dynamic scorer for the last three seasons, including major breakouts in his junior and senior years.

In 32.1 minutes per game a season ago, Peters averaged 18.4 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 44.0 percent from three, and he opted to stay at school after debating long and hard about jumping to the pros.

Not surprisingly, Peters was named the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year.

Through 29 games during the 2016-17 season, Peters had lived up to the billing. He averaged 23.0 points and 10.1 boards a night while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from three. Valparaiso (24-7) currently sits tied at first with Oakland in the Horizon League.

The Crusaders will be in trouble with Peters out. While they have playmakers who can thrive in head coach Matt Lottich's scheme, Peters is far and away the team's most unique scorer thanks to his unique inside-outside skill set.

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