Alec Peters has improved his points and rebounding average each year at Valpo. USATSI

Alec Peters is returning to Valpo for his senior season, he told CBS Sports on Monday.

The 6-9, 230 pound big man was eligible to be a graduate transfer and play immediately at a higher level next season.Peters averaged 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds last season.

Peters' previous head coach at Valpo, Bryce Drew, has moved on to Vanderbilt and the possibility of a reunion was being floated around.

"You're definitely tempted to transfer and go to a higher level," Peters told CBS Sports. "But these guys are my best friends in the world. I wanted to stay."

Peters said his main goal for his final year in college: winning a game in the NCAA Tournament.

"That's the ultimate goal," Peters said. "You dream of having your own one shining moment."