Vanderbilt won't be the host for the reunion between head coach Bryce Drew and Valparaiso All-American forward Alec Peters. The 6'8, 225 pound forward won't follow his former coach to Nashville and will instead play his senior season for the Crusaders.
BREAKING: Alec Peters told @CBSSports that he's returning to VALPO next season. Huge news for the Horizon League.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 30, 2016
Peters was an honorable mention All-American this season after averaging 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for Valpo. He also made 46.4 percent of his three-pointers against conference opponents as a junior. He declared for the 2016 NBA Draft back in April, but withdrew from consideration last week after failing to earn a first-round grade from league scouts.
Vanderbilt had room for the All-Horizon League big man. After losing Damian Jones and Wade Baldwin IV to the Draft and Samir Sehic to Tulane, the Commodores only have 10 scholarship players for the 2016-17 season. Since he's already graduated from Valparaiso, Peters would have been able to play immediately in Nashville.
Instead, he'll lead the Crusaders for one final season. Here's what Vanderbilt's depth chart could look like without the rangy forward in black and gold next winter.
PG: Riley LaChance / Payton Willis / Larry Austin Jr. (ineligible in 2016-17)
SG: Matthew Fisher-Davis / Nolan Cressler / Philip McGloin
SF: Joe Toye
PF: Jeff Roberson / Clevon Brown
C: Luke Kornet / D'Jery Baptiste