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Updated May 13, 2013 - 11:09 am

Arizona Wildcats land Kansas transfer Zach Peters

Former Kansas basketball player Zach Peters is transferring to Arizona.

According to the Kansas City Star, Peters chose Arizona over Texas and Oklahoma.

Peters will arrive in Arizona with a history of concussions, which cost him the majority of his freshman season at Kansas. He appeared in exhibition games for the Jayhawks during their European tour last summer, where he averaged 5.0 points and 6.3 rebounds.

Peters was highly regarded early in his high school career, but injuries dropped him in the rankings before he went to college.

And according to the Arizona Daily Star, Peters' father says his son's health issues are behind him.

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 Texas.

"He told us he couldn't play in a fog and just could not focus," Tim Peters said. "We went to a concussion specialist in January, shut him down and ran extensive tests. 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 the way it's supposed to."

Whether or not Peters will be eligible to play this upcoming season remains to be seen. Peters will reportedly seek a waiver that would allow him to, but NCAA transfer rules may force him to sit out one season.

About the Author


School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.

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