Arizona point guard J.P. Prince decides to transfer

Updated: December 20, 2006, 10:47 PM ET
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Sophomore point guard J.P. Prince announced Wednesday he is leaving No. 9 Arizona and will transfer to another school.

The move had been anticipated for weeks because Prince has not been practicing with the team. He also has been slowed by an undisclosed illness.

"My focus is on getting healthy and maintaining my academics," he said in a statement released by the university. "The health problems I dealt with last spring have kept me from performing at the level needed here at Arizona. Right now I just want to get back home and get better physically."

Prince, a cousin of Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons, will return to his home in Memphis. He said he has not decided his next school.

The 6-foot-6 Prince had lost the backup point guard job to freshman Nic Wise. Prince said he left on good terms with the coaches and his teammates.

"I want to thank the fans in Tucson and the university for making me a better person and a better student," Prince said. "I've made friends here that will be with me forever, and that includes the coaches and my teammates. I've enjoyed my time in Tucson, but it's just in my best interests for me to get back home."

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