Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ex-Jayhawk Zach Peters enrolls at Collin College


Former Kansas University basketball forward Zach Peters, who left KU after first-semester final exams following a series of concussions, has enrolled at Collin College in Texas, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The 6-foot-9 former Prestonwood Christian standout (Plano, Texas) is not playing basketball.

“The doctors say it is too risky now,” said Peters, who, according to the Morning News, passed a concussion test last week after four failed efforts. “It will take time.”

Peters told the paper he suffered a concussion at the LeBron James camp during high school, then on the football field during the first game of his senior season.

He suffered two concussions in practice sessions at KU. He also later took a shot to the head that was not deemed a concussion.

Peters’ dad, Tim, told the Morning News his family has no problem with the treatment of his son’s concussions at Kansas.

Several weeks ago he gave the same comment to the Journal-World.


jakejayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

I followed Zachary since he committed to the Hawks. Seems like a great young and strong family. I pray God's blessing on his health. Hope he gets a chance to showcase his skills someday, but only if there is no risk to his future. Don't forget us Zach!

Todd Hudnall 7 years, 9 months ago

I would have loved to have seen Zach in crimson and blue. Concussions are serious business and he's made the right choice. Zach, you're in my prayers.

jaybate 7 years, 9 months ago

Collin's a JC that has become a 4 year and has quite a faculty, according to the Carnegie Foundation. Good local choice to break the ice. He's going to be okay, but it will take time.

Coach Self, I know Zach's first brain bang was at Lebron pre school, but never, ever, ever, ever tell a KU recruit its okay to play football again. Ever!

KansasComet 7 years, 9 months ago

I sure hope he is going to be okay. Glad to see he is focused on continuing his education. Best wishes Zach!

HawkKlaw 7 years, 9 months ago

It appears that Zach is just more concussion-prone than most players. He had major concussions in both football and basketball (both in high school and in college). I agree with you that Self shouldn't support his recruits playing football, but it sounds like Zach would be in this predicament whether he played football in high school or not.

yates33333 7 years, 9 months ago

Collin College is a "community college," read Junior College in the old days. It offers AA degrees. With an unusual arrangement through four area universities it helps students obtain regular university degrees. Check their homepage.

The faculty, which is small considering its many campuses, emphasizes undergraduate education. The Carnegie foundation award of U.S. Professor of the Year is given annually to four undergraduate teachers. Research scholars are not included. I think many will agree that teaching is a very subjective activity and while we all had a few outstanding teachers they were not the ones often that others felt were any good. I imagine the haughty faculty at KU doesn't even apply for this award.

jaybate 7 years, 9 months ago

Oops, I went to their site and to their Wiki page and must have looked at the words, rather than read them. I thought it said they had migrated from a juco to a four year school. Thanks for the correction.

jaybate 7 years, 9 months ago

Ah, yes, research institution; that is academese for grant whore house, is it not? :-)

Zstegs 7 years, 9 months ago

I still wonder if there isn't something more at play...

HawkKlaw 7 years, 9 months ago

It's gotta be creatures from outer space.

kranny 7 years, 9 months ago

Rumor has it that Zach and Brock Berglund are joining forces later at Washburn so they can finally beat KU in a preseason game..or is it in Football?

REHawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Best of all good things to you, Zach. You are always a Jayhawk, wherever.

sbucks 7 years, 9 months ago

Mothers don't let your children that have pro potential in basketball play football, he probably had more cuncussions playing football than he thought, hope he makes it back to Kansas, Good Luck Zach!

Michael Bennett 7 years, 9 months ago

I hope so. We need another tall white guy on the team, it's tradition! But his health does come first.

PSM 7 years, 9 months ago

Great idea to play football in high school after he was already concerned about long term concussion symptoms... Honestly though, how do you get that many concussions? There's a difference between being a low post banger and playing with reckless abandon. Dude should have been/played smarter. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. Hope Zach is more wise in the future.

tical523 7 years, 9 months ago

Reckless abandon did him in for sure, had to.

Nicholas Cederlind 7 years, 9 months ago

What i don't get is...why didn't Zach simply remain enrolled at KU and simply withdraw from sports?? It doesn't completely add up for me...

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