It’s officially the post-Alec Peters era for Valparaiso basketball, and everyone is interested to see how the program will handle the loss of the NBA prospect.

Crusader fans were happy to find out this past weekend that a certain 6-foot-8 forward known around the area has decided to transfer to Valparaiso.

Ryan Fazekas, a sophomore for Providence, announced Sunday on Twitter his plans to transfer. He will sit out one season, per transfer regulations, and then play two for the Crusaders.

Fazekas, who lived in Chesterton, Ind. growing up, was originally recruited by Bryce Drew when Fazekas was still in high school.  

Valparaiso was was an option for him, but he opted to head to Providence instead.

Fazekas had a solid freshman season for the Friars, starting 12 games, while averaging 18.8 minutes and 5.1 points per game.

However, in his sophomore campaign his numbers dropped to 11.8 minutes a game and three points per game.

Fazekas is widely known as a shooter, and was recruited as such for the Friars.  However, with his size and length, it’s fair to say his game can be taken to new heights.

That will be one of the most important things when it comes to how effective Fazekas can be at Valparaiso. How will he be used, and will Lottich and his staff be able to develop him into a key player for the Crusaders moving forward?

The intangibles are there. Fazekas was a dominant player in high school at Marquette Catholic, and was selected as the 2015 Times Player of the Year, an award given by the local newspaper to the best basketball player in the area.

This is obviously a huge get for Lottich and his staff. It seems thus far, Lottich and company have had no issues recruiting good talent following the Drew era.

That’s exactly what is needed following the graduation of a class that included many key guys, including Peters, Shane Hammink and Jubril Adekoya.

Now the key is developing guys. The Crusaders are a team that has been near the top of the Horizon League for a while now. The transition without Peters will be a challenge, no question.

But the announcement from Ryan Fazekas is a big one. Even though he can’t take the court next year, he’s a sign that the future is bright for this program.

The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch.

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