Alec Peters turned a phenomenal career at Valparaiso into a ticket to the NBA, despite a leg injury that cut his senior season short just before March Madness.

The Washington High graduate was taken in the second round by the Phoenix Suns as the 54th pick of the NBA draft, after a senior season in which he was named the Horizon League Player of the Year. He was the seventh leading scorer in the nation at the time of his injury, averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds. The prolific 3-point shooter became Valparaiso’s all-time leader in scoring (2,348), rebounding (997), field goals made (790), free throws made (479) and games started (134).

Peters signed a two-way contract with the Suns and hit a 3-pointer for his first NBA points in the season-opener against Portland on Oct. 18. But he played just one more game before being transferred to the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA’s G-league. Peters averaged 18.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in his first 16 games for the NAZ, with a high of 34 points against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.