Arizona basketball: Ryan Anderson could transfer in as Zach Peters' career ends

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Forward Zach Peters, a transfer from Kansas, has set his basketball career aside after medical issues kept him from producing.

Zach Peters thought transferring from Kansas could rehabilitate his college basketball career after a long series of concussion issues soured his time with the Jayhawks. But after 11 brief appearances and 31 total minutes with Arizona, the forward has decided to hang up his sneakers.

The Arizona Wildcats announced Peters will step away from basketball "as result of a medical exception filed by the university" but will remain a student.

There's no telling where the Wildcats would be if Peters had been healthy. With Grant Jerrett gone and then Brandon Ashley injuring himself, the Wildcats surely could have used a stretch 4 in 2013-14 -- or any big, capable body -- to give opponents a different look in reserve of Kaleb Tarczewski and Aaron Gordon. It became clear that Sean Miller's decision to hold Peters out until garbage time on rare occasion might have had something to do with the health concerns.

The decision opens up a spot on a roster previously filled to the brim, and it comes before the Wildcats host Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson on an official visit. Anderson, a 6'8, 219 pound power forward, averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as a junior but will be forced to sit out a year because of his transfer.

Anderson visits Arizona next Thursday, his third and final trip. He will first take a peek at Iowa State on Friday and then Indiana on Monday.

The turnover has been so wild at Arizona that it feels a bit pointless to project where Anderson would play if he committed to UA and who he'd play with in 2015-16. Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski could be gone by then, and Craig Victor and Dusan Ristic would be entering their sophomore years.

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