No. 33 Zach Peters
Position: Power Forward
Weight: 238 pounds
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Plano, Texas
High School: Prestonwood Christian Academy
N/A – Redshirted at Kansas
After dealing with concussion issues during his redshirt season at Kansas, forward Zach Peters transferred to the Arizona Wildcats in May. Last Thursday, the Wildcats received some positive news when the NCAA granted his request to bypass the year that transfers are usually required to sit out at their new school.
Peters, who will have four years of eligibility remaining, can add depth to an Arizona frontcourt that will have to deal with the losses of Angelo Chol, Solomon Hill and Grant Jerrett. He’ll potentially be slotted alongside junior Matt Korcheck, sophomores Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley and freshman Aaron Gordon, providing the Wildcats an ideal mix of size, strength and athletic ability in the interior.
However, before the Wildcats can count on Peters as part of their rotation, he’ll have to prove to Wildcats medical personnel that he has fully recovered from the concussions that he suffered in high school and at Kansas.
“I’ve been making strides physically with the goal of getting back to full competition, and, right now, it’s about honoring that process,” Peters told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. “I’m excited to keep improving and it’s great to be able to put my focus on the season ahead.”
If he is cleared to play, Peters will be looked at as the replacement for Jerrett due to his ability to step out of the paint and make mid-to-long range jumpers. Along with Korcheck, who can provide short energy bursts (a la Chol), and freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, whose skill set reminds recruiters of Hill, the Wildcats could have a solid trio of forwards off the bench.
While Peters is no guarantee to be a regular part of this season’s rotation, he’ll likely be a key bench piece and potential starter over the next few years.
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