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Zach Peters signs with Kansas

After committing to Kansas 19 months ago, Plano (Texas) power forward Zach Peters officially became a Jayhawk Tuesday when he signed a national letter of intent.

“Zach’s big. He’s a legit 6-9, 240-pound high-school senior that can really shoot the basketball,” KU coach Bill Self said in a statement. “He’s big and rugged. We can play him to where he’s big enough to defend the five (post) or skilled enough to play in at the four (power forward).”

Peters averaged 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in 2010-11 in guiding Prestonwood to a state runner-up finish in TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools). An all-state first team TAPPS selection, Peters was rated the No. 97 player by Rivals.com following his junior season at Prestonwood.

“Guys that can really shoot are usually great passers. I think he will be that,” Self said of Peters. “He’s going to be a guy that can do a lot of things. We know he’s a big guy that can stretch it, but he likes to hit you and certainly contact and physical play will not be an issue with him early in his career.”

Peters is now ranked No. 144 in his class by Rivals.com.

“He didn’t play summer basketball the past two years so his stock has fallen from the national rankings,” Self said. “All that did was motivate this kid. Zach is a potential top-20 player in the country. I think he’ll come in and have a great impact right off the bat.”

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