Peters now awaits medical clearance

Arizona big man Zach Peters, who transferred from Kansas this past offseason, has been cleared by the NCAA and is eligible to play this season but still needs to be cleared by Wildcats medical personnel before he can take the court.

"Today's news from the NCAA is very exciting for Zach and his family, as well as our basketball program," Arizona coach Sean Miller said in a statement. "There was a lot of effort and cooperation that went into this waiver process. We'd like to thank the NCAA, the University of Kansas and many members of the Arizona Athletics family for their tireless efforts to make this a reality.

"To this point, Zach has participated with us and we're still in the process of him returning to full competition and contact. Zach has made tremendous progress in his time at Arizona, and we're optimistic that with continued improvement, that time will come in the near future."

The 6-foot-10 Peters enrolled at Kansas for the 2012-13 campaign, but decided to transfer in November after suffering multiple concussions. The Texas native has been participating in conditioning drills and also preseason workouts, and will have four years of eligibility remaining.

If cleared by doctors, Peters would help give Miller quality frontcourt depth behind a potent starting trio of Aaron Gordon, Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski. With the early departure of Grant Jerrett, Peters can help fill the void of a skilled big man who can step out and make shots.

"I've tried to remain patient throughout this process, and today's news is definitely a relief," Peters said. "I've been making strides physically with the goal of getting back to full competition, and, right now, it's about honoring that process. I'm excited to keep improving and it's great to be able to put my focus on the season ahead."