May 17, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller announced Friday that Zach Peters has signed paperwork to attend the school and play basketball.
Peters, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward from Plano Texas, has the skill and ability to play both post positions. Originally, enrolled at the University of Kansas for the 2012-13 campaign, Peters was slowed by health issues and announced his intention to transfer from KU in November.
"We are excited to announce the addition of Zach Peters to our program," said Miller. "Zach not only is an ideal fit into our style of play but also in addressing a need in our frontcourt. Although he has great size at 6-10, it's his skill level and unselfish demeanor that really stand out. We are fortunate to have him as a part of our future."
A four-time, first-team all-state pick at Prestonwood Christian Academy, Peters led the school to a pair of Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state championships for Coach Chris Mayberry in 2010 and 2012. He averaged 15.5 points and 9.0 rebounds as a senior and 15.3 points and 9.0 boards per game as a junior.
He also guided the Lions to state runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2011 and was rated as the No. 97 player nationally by rivals.com entering his senior season.
A multi-sport athlete, Peters was a wide receiver on the Prestonwood football team where tallied more than 1,000 receiving yards and caught 13 touchdown passes as a senior. He was also a member of the honor roll in high school.
Peters joins T.J. McConnell as student-athletes from a four-year school to transfer into the program on the current Arizona roster. Peters' initial eligibility at Arizona has yet to be determined.
Peters is the fourth student-athlete to sign with Miller and the Wildcats in 2012-13. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (F, 6-7, 215) from Chester, Pa., who attends Chester H.S.; and Elliott Pitts (G, 6-5, 180) from Dublin, Calif., who preps at De La Salle H.S.; signed with Arizona in November, while Aaron Gordon (F, 6-8, 210) from San Jose, Calif., who attends Archbishop Mitty H.S., help make up a four-man class that is ranked No. 5 nationally by espn.com.