By LARRY VAUGHT
Valparaiso has played eight games this season. In ever game, 6-9 senior Alec Peters has had 20 points or more. He’s averaged 25.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He will also be making his 114th straight start tonight when Valparaiso plays at No. 6 Kentucky.
“He’s at the four-man position. We spoke about him during practice. He sounds like a skilled player and we’re getting ready for him,” Kentucky freshman Wenyen Gabriel said Tuesday.
Gabriel says coach John Calipari focuses more on defensive strategy overall rather than focusing on one player like Peters, a potential first round NBA draft pick.
But Calipari has paid a lot of attention to Peters, a 94 percent foul shooter.
“He’s knows how to score baskets. He steps back, he fades away and scores. So even if you guard him and do a good job, he can still score. Other than that, it’s just another guy. Twenty-five a game, man. There’s more pro scouts coming to this game than even the last game,” Calipari said.
So how does UK stop Peters?
“You go to church and light candles and stuff,” Calipari joked.
Then he went on to say a lot more about Peters.
“He’s one of those guys, literally, if you double team him he fades away and can still make it. Try to keep him from catching it and try to go at him on offense, but they do a good job. You ready for this number? In four years, he’s never fouled out of a game. Well, how could that be? Because if you post him they double team, and if he gets into any kind of foul trouble they go zone,” Calipari said.
“Smart coaching. So he’s not fouling. You think, well, maybe we can foul him out! Yes. In 120 games he’s never fouled out. You may be right, but I don’t think so.”