Arizona point guard J.P. Prince decides to transfer

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Sophomore point guard J.P. Prince announced
Wednesday he is leaving No. 9 Arizona and will transfer to another

The move had been anticipated for weeks because Prince has not
been practicing with the team. He also has been slowed by an
undisclosed illness.

"My focus is on getting healthy and maintaining my academics,"
he said in a statement released by the university. "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."

Prince, a cousin of Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons, will
return to his home in Memphis. He said he has not decided his next

The 6-foot-6 Prince had lost the backup point guard job to
freshman Nic Wise. Prince said he left on good terms with the
coaches and his teammates.

"I want to thank the fans in Tucson and the university for
making me a better person and a better student," Prince said.
"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