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Kansas big man Zach Peters to miss a month


Kansas’ head coach Bill Self looks on during the basketball friendly match between the national team of Switzerland and USA’s University team of Kansas Jayhawks in Fribourg, Switzerland, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo /KEYSTONE/Peter Schneider)


Zach Peters wasn’t expected to be Thomas Robinson’s replacement this season.

With Jeff Withey (who has made some preseason all-american teams), Perry Ellis, Kevin Young and Landen Lucas on the roster, playing time isn’t exactly guaranteed for Peters, a 6-foot-9 forward from Plano, TX.

But Peters does provide depth. And, more importantly, even a season’s worth of mop-up duty means time spent practicing, improving and learning from a staff that’s very good at developing prospects.

Which is why the injury that Peters is dealing with is bad news. He’ll be out for the next month, resting a shoulder that has a nagging rotator cuff injury. He doesn’t need surgery to fix it, but there won’t be any full-contact scrimmaging for Peters until real games have started.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.