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Notre Dame, Fenwick star Devereaux Peters ready for WNBA draft

By TINA AKOURIS April 11, 2012 7:10PM Updated: April 12, 2012 2:27AM Devereaux Peters probably is getting tired of answering questions about her health and rather would talk about her WNBA draft status. The Notre Dame forward and former Fenwick High School star likely will be among the top five picks Monday in Bristol, Conn.But the 6-2 Peters, who just played in her second consecutive NCAA championship game for the Irish, has had to deal with questions about her knees. She has had three knee surgeries in her five years at Notre Dame.‘‘I don’t think my knees are an issue,’’ Peters said. ‘‘I think people bring it up because of what I’ve been through, and it’s something that’s in the past for now.’’Peters was a standout at Fenwick and was named the 2007 Sun-Times Player of the Year. When she committed to the Irish, many thought she would have a superstar college career. But two torn anterior cruciate ligaments chewed up most of her first three seasons, and that injury history is in the back of many WNBA general managers’ minds.‘‘The one thing that hurts her is her injury history,’’ ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo said. ‘‘If she stays healthy . . . she’s going to be a very good pro.’’Peters was able to recover from the torn ACLs and helped Notre Dame reach the NCAA title game against Texas A&M last season and against Baylor this season. The Irish lost both finals.‘‘With all my injuries and [time] sitting out, I didn’t know if I’d continue to play basketball,’’ Peters said. ‘‘It’s a blessing with all that I’ve been through.’’The Sky doesn’t have a first-round pick. It has one pick in the second round (No. 23) and one in the third (No. 27).

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