It was announced on Sunday that former Kansas Jayhawk, Zach Peters is transferring to the Arizona Wildcats.
Peters dealt with a myriad of health issues in his first months in Lawrence as a freshman last season. According to KU, Peters suffered multiple concussions while in high school and the problem continued while at Kansas. He decided to leave Kansas last November after sitting out the first month of the season to return home to Plano, Texas and get completely healthy.
“Zach and I met today after he went home to meet with his family, and he has informed us that he will be leaving the basketball program effective at the end of the semester,” Self said to JayhawkSlant.com last November. “Zach has labored with health issues since he has been here. His shoulder has improved but he’s also been dealing with multiple concussions that have become a big source of frustration and concern for him.”
Peters received a lot of attention from major college programs including Arizona once he announced he was leaving Lawrence. According to reports, it was between Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma and Sean Miller and the Wildcats ultimately was the decision.
“He’s going to do a fresh start in the Pac-12 and committed to coach Miller,” Tim Peters told Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star. “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.”
This is not the first time we have seen a transfer in the recent history between Kansas and Arizona. After Lute Olsen officially announced his retirement, center Jeff Withey left Tucson for Kansas where he became one of the nation’s top rebounders and shot blockers. It is not clear whether or not Peters will be cleared to play for the Wildcats in 2013-14 but it is expected that he still will be able to maintain four-years of eligibility.