PHOENIX – The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury today announced the signing of 28-year-old forward Devereaux Peters to a seven-day contract. Originally selected with the third-overall pick of the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx, Peters will make her 2018 WNBA debut with the Mercury as she enters into her sixth WNBA season.
The 6-foot-2 Peters spent the first four years of her WNBA career in Minnesota, playing for the team that drafted her in 2012. She appeared in 30 or more games in three of her four seasons there and was a member of the team’s 2013 and 2015 WNBA Championship teams. She averaged a career-high 4.6 rebounds in 2013 for the Lynx, where she also earned the start twice that season. Following four years in the Twin Cities, Peters was traded to the Indiana Fever where she played alongside current Mercury guard Briann January. There, she averaged 5.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 30 games that summer.
Peters has seen several stints overseas, making appearances in Spain, Russia, Slovakia and Italy. She averaged over 10 points in each of her full overseas seasons and nearly averaged double-doubles in several of them. One of Peters’ recent overseas experiences came during the 2015-16 WNBA offseason when she played 11 games alongside current Mercury guard Yvonne Turner for Wisla Can-Pack in Poland. There she averaged 13.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Peters was a four-year standout at Notre Dame, where she was one of only four NCAA division one players from 2001-2012 to register multiple season with 60 blocks, 60 steals and 60 assists. She became the first Fighting Irish player to finish with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 blocks, 200 steals and 200 assists in a career and exited South Bend ranked in the top 10 on five Notre Dame career statistical lists.
WNBA all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi and 2017 WNBA scoring champion Brittney Griner return the Phoenix this summer to lead the Mercury in a quest for the franchise’s WNBA-record tying fourth WNBA championship. Tickets for Woman of Inspiration Night on Friday, August 17 and the rest of the Mercury’s 2018 home games are available online at PhoenixMercury.com or by phone at 602-252-WNBA.