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J.P. Prince Decides to Transfer
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 21, 2006
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6-foot-6 sophomore guard cites health reasons


TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s basketball player J.P. Prince announced Wednesday that he will transfer to another school.  He has not yet made a decision on which school he will attend.


Prince, a 6-foot-6, 186-pound sophomore guard from Memphis, Tenn., averaged 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in three appearances this season.  He has not played since the New Mexico State game on Nov. 19.


As a freshman last season, Prince averaged 2.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 28 games.  He posted career highs of eight points on Dec. 19 vs. San Houston State and 10 assists vs. Northern Arizona on Dec. 8.


“My focus is on getting healthy and maintaining my academics,” said Prince.  “The health problems I dealt with last spring have kept me from performing at the level needed here at Arizona.  Right now, I just want to get back home and get better physically.


“I want to thank the fans in Tucson and the university for making me a better person and a better student,” Prince continued.  “I’ve made friends here that will be with me forever, and that includes the coaches and my teammates.  I’ve enjoyed my time in Tucson, but it’s just in my best interests for me to get back home.”


The ninth-ranked Wildcats will next be in action tonight when the team hosts 18th-ranked Memphis in the 22nd annual Chase Fiesta Bowl Classic.  The contest tips-off at 6:30 p.m. MST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.

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