FAYETTEVILLE, AR (ArkansasSports360.com) - Arkansas is losing another basketball player.
Senior guard Jeff Peterson has decided to leave the program. It's a blow to the team's depth, particularly in the wake of forward Glenn Bryant's departure last week, but Peterson leaving does allow the Razorbacks to take a NCAA-mandated scholarship penalty this season.
Arkansas is being punished for a low Academic Progress Rate score and stood to lose a scholarship in either 2011-12 or 2012-13. Now the Razorbacks take the hit this year with the roster down to at least 12 scholarship players and should have a full complement of scholarships for Coach Mike Anderson to use on next year's recruiting class.
Teams are allowed 13 scholarship players. Pending the arrival of freshman forward Aaron Ross, the Razorbacks are now down to 12.
Peterson graduated in May, according to the UA. That means he's leaving in good academic standing and would not negatively impact the team's APR score in the future. Peterson averaged 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds last season after transferring from Iowa in 2009. Because he has graduated Peterson would be eligible to play at another school in 2011-12 without sitting out a season.
Anderson said he was a "bit surprised" by the news Peterson would not return. "I wish him the best in his future endeavors."
Peterson said in a UA release he felt is was "time to explore other opportunities."
Below is a look at the potential roster for 2011-12.