Arizona forward Peters ends career for medical reasons

Zach Peters played in 11 games this past season, his first at Arizona after transferring from Kansas.

Jae C. Hong

Arizona forward Zach Peters announced Friday that he is ending his career for medical reasons.

Peters, a transfer from Kansas who played in 11 games last season, had dealt with concussions before transferring, having suffered at least three. He did not specifically cite the concussions as the reasons for his retirement, saying only that "this is the best course of action to ensure myself a safe and healthy future."

Peters was a highly touted recruit before dealing with various injuries late in his high school career. The 6-foot-10, 240-pounder did not play as a freshman at Kansas, and at Arizona, he played just 31 minutes last season, recording no points and four rebounds.

"You never want to see anyone’€™s athletic career cut short by injury, especially a person of Zach’s character," Arizona coach Sean Miller said in a statement. "That being said, this is a decision made with an eye toward Zach’s bright and productive future. He has nothing but our full support as he begins his next chapter."

The Wildcats said in the same statement that they will apply for a medical exemption for Peters, who intends to remain in school and pursue a business degree.

"I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my basketball career," Peters said. "I especially want to thank my family as well as the medical staff, coaching staff and my teammates at the University of Arizona for their support over the course of a trying year."