Ex-Kansas big man commits to Arizona Wildcats

2013-05-12T13:58:00Z 2013-05-12T16:05:40Z Ex-Kansas big man commits to Arizona WildcatsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 12, 2013 1:58 pm  • 

Former Kansas big man Zach Peters has committed to the Arizona Wildcats, his father, Tim, told the Star.

Peters, who left Kansas after suffering concussion issues as a freshman early last season, visited Arizona last weekend and chose the Wildcats over Texas and Oklahoma, Tim Peters said.

"He's going to do a fresh start in the Pac-12 and committed to coach Miller," Tim Peters said. "He’s been very fortunate to play for a great program at Kansas and for a great coach like coach (Bill) Self. He just got healthy and cleared in February, and has been back in the gym. We just started talking to schools three weeks ago and Arizona just jumped in there ahead of the pack."

Peters, who is now 6-11 and about 235 pounds according to his father, was highly rated in eighth grade and early in high school, before running into injury problems in recent years.

Peters committed to Kansas as a sophomore but Tim Peters said Zach suffered a concussion at the LeBron James camp as a junior, was banged up as a wide receiver playing football as a senior and suffered two concussions last fall at Kansas.

(The Lawrence Journal-World said Zach Peters suffered five incidents of trauma to his head over a 14-month period before opting to transfer from Kansas.)

He averaged 5.0 points and 6.3 rebounds during Kansas' exhibition tour in Europe last summer but suffered two concussions within five weeks last fall. 

Tim Peters said his son left Kansas at the end of the fall semester because he had trouble focusing and couldn't get cleared to play, but said that the symptoms subsided after Zach returned home to Plano, Texas. 

"We went to a concussion specialist in January, shut him down and they ran extensive tests," Tim Peters said. "They did IQ tests, memory tests, short-term memory, long-term memory and fortunately for Zach, he was in the 78 to 80 percentile for a college freshmen. So once he shut down, everything went exactly what the way its supposed to."

Under normal NCAA transfer rules, Peters will not be eligible to play until the 2014-15 season because he will need to sit out the required year-in-residence at UA. However, he is expected to appeal for immediate eligibility via waiver because of his medical situation.

While Tim Peters said he didn't want to discuss whether his son would file a waiver, he said Zach "would like to play tomorrow."

It is also unclear how many years Peters would have remaining to play. He did not play in any games for Kansas, suggesting he will have all four years left to play but his five-year eligibility "clock" began last year and if he had to sit out this season, he will only have time to play three seasons starting in 2014-15.

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