Peterson Transferring to Arkansas

Jeff Peterson

Iowa guard Jeff Peterson (6-1, 185) announces Friday that he will be transferring to Arkansas and become the seventh newcomer to the Razorback basketball program next season.

Make it seven.

Iowa guard Jeff Peterson said Friday that he would be transferring to the University of Arkansas to play his final two years of basketball.

Peterson (6-1, 185), who averaged 10.6 and 4.2 assists this past season for the Hawkeyes and is originally from Springfield, Mo., is slated to be the seventh newcomer added to next year's Razorback roster.

"I just really felt comfortable with the coaches and the players and Arkansas has a great business school, which is what I am majoring in," Peterson said. "When I visited I definitely got the feeling that Arkansas has a bright future and I want to be a part of that."

Peterson, who played his high school basketball at DeMatha in Washington, D.C., is one of four players transferring from Iowa.

He shot 40 percent from 3-point range and started the first 25 games last season before missing the final seven due to a hamstring injury.

"It was one of those things where I just wasn't comfortable with how things were going there and decided a new start would be good," Peterson said. "I enjoyed my time at Iowa. It's a great school and they have great fans that I enjoyed playing for during my time there."

Peterson averaged 5.2 points with 11 starts as a freshman for Iowa after leading DeMatha to a third straight city championship and playing in the Capital Classic.

An excellent student, Peterson committed to Princeton before choosing Iowa over St. Louis as well.

This time Peterson chose only to look at Arkansas and hometown Missouri State.

"I ended up just (officially) visiting Arkansas because it felt right," Peterson said. "I am looking forward to my year redshirting so I can get better at every aspect of my game."

Peterson will join West Memphis center Anthony Borden (7-0, 230), Indian Hills CC forward-center Delvon Johnson (6-9, 220), Virginia prep power forward Marshawn Powell (6-8, 250), Cloud County (Kan.) CC small forward Jemal Farmer (6-5, 215), Oak Hill Academy forward Glenn Bryant (6-6, 190) and Mississippi guard Julyess Nobles (6-1, 180) as newcomers.

With seven returning players, that means Arkansas would be one over the NCAA scholarship limit of 13.

Razorback junior Michael Washington has declared for the NBA draft, but has until June 15 to pull his name out.

If Washington returns, one of the recruits or one of the current players would thus no longer be with the program.

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