After one semester with the Arizona Wildcats baseball team last fall, pitcher Dalton Brown packed his bags, transferred to Texas Tech - and was pitching for the Red Raiders three months later.
While Brown's circumstances were different than those of Kansas basketball transfer Zach Peters, who committed to Arizona last weekend, they could give Peters some hope of avoiding the standard redshirt season required of transfers in higher-profile sports.
Like Brown, the power forward Peters spent only a semester at his first school before leaving and is expected to seek a waiver to play right away. Both baseball and basketball normally require athletes to complete a year-in-residence at a new school before they are eligible, unlike many lower-profile sports.
The key is whether the athletes are transferring for reasons out of their control. While unable to speak about specific players, Gretchen Bouton, UA's associate AD for compliance, said a waiver for immediate eligibility can be sought through the NCAA's Subcommittee for Legislative Relief.
"If sometimes there are circumstances outside your control, like a family crisis, you can appeal," Bouton said. "If your circumstances changed, then (you can) appeal that."
While Brown's appeal appeared to be based on financial circumstances, Peters is expected to appeal because he left Kansas while suffering from the effects of multiple concussions. Peters' father, Tim, said his son could not focus, could not play, and struggled to finish his fall semester classes.
Zach Peters left Kansas in December to go home to Plano, Texas, attended Collin College, a community college in Plano, and was cleared to play again in February. He chose Saturday to attend Arizona.
If Peters does not get cleared to play right away, he can appeal to have his five-year eligibility "clock" extended, since he would only have three seasons left to complete his four remaining years of eligibility starting in 2014-15.
But that avenue appears unlikely if the NCAA does not clear Peters to play next season. NCAA spokesman Chris Radford said via email that losing a year of eligibility due to sitting out a year-in-residence is not considered a circumstance beyond a student-athlete's control.
Bouton said the appeals process can take as little as three weeks, depending on the information needed from both the former and current schools, suggesting UA could know by mid-summer if Peters will be eligible for the 2013-14 season.
Savoring the moment
Partly because he's the first member of his family to earn a college degree, departing UA wing Kevin Parrom said he put off his professional preparation to stick around for UA graduation ceremonies while his father and brother came to town.
"I told my agent I wanted to follow through with it," Parrom said. "I wanted to walk (at graduation) for my grandmother and mother," who both died in 2011.
Parrom said he will leave this week for Santa Barbara, Calif., where he will begin working out with trainers who partner with agency BDA Sports, which also count former Wildcats Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill among their clients.
Parrom's agent at BDA, former UCLA reserve player Todd Ramasar, said he hoped to schedule Parrom for as many private NBA team workouts as possible before the June 27 draft, with an eye on landing him a spot on an NBA summer league team.
"Realistically, Kevin is most likely to be undrafted, though I never say never," Ramasar said. "If he's on the floor there and playing well, that creates opportunities."
Arizona will host New Mexico State on Dec. 11, leaving the Wildcats one game shy of completing their 2013-14 schedule, said UA basketball operations director Ryan Reynolds.
The Aggies and Wildcats played on each other's home court in 2010-11 and 2011-12 but this time contracted for just one game at McKale Center.
Arizona will also again face Division II Augustana (S.D.) College in an exhibition game on Oct. 28. Augustana gave the Wildcats a close call before losing 70-59 before the Arizona's 2010-11 Elite Eight season.
Reynolds said it remains uncertain if UA will hold a second exhibition game, which can only be against non-Division I teams, or hold a private scrimmage against a Division I opponent, Reynolds said.
The lone remaining game to be set is Dec. 19 at McKale Center against another one-time opponent to be determined, Reynolds said.
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