It’s not every day a player from Valparaiso University is drafted into the NBA. In fact, it has been 19 years since Bryce Drew the last Crusader to be drafted before Thursday was taken in the first round.
Thursday night, forward Alec Peters became the sixth Valparaiso player to be drafted when the Suns selected him 54th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. The emotional moment was captured on video; take a look below.
The 6-9 Peters was named the 2016-17 Horizon League Player of the Year after averaging 23 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. His season was cut short due to injury, but he’ll now have the chance to make an NBA roster.
The relationship between the Knicks and rising star Kristaps Porzingis has been turbulent in recent months, as Porzingis skipped his exit interview in April. Well, Porzingis’ time in New York could be nearing its end. Phil Jackson is open to the possibility of trading Porzingis as the frenzy of interest is growing, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Sixers landed the No. 1 pick for the second year in a row, thanks to a predraft trade with the Celtics. In return, Boston receives the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, in addition to either the Lakers’ 2018 first-round pick or the Kings’ 2019 first-round pick. The Celtics will receive the Lakers’ pick if it falls between No. 2 and No. 5. If it doesn’t, they’ll get the Kings’ unprotected first-round pick in 2019.