Chance Comanche: Evaluation

Slender, angular big man Chance Comanche ended his recruitment over the weekend, and he could become another blue-chip center to thrive at Arizona.


Given that the first sentence ever written about Chance Comanche here at was, "Although he isn't being recruited …," it's obvious that we began tracking his career very closely.

Comanche opened to modest expectations. He checked in at 6-9, only 165 pounds as a freshman, so clearly he wasn't ready to stand his ground physically. But the talent was there, as colleague Josh Gershon noted back in 2011.

His career trajectory inclined at a steep angle thereafter. By the time he was finishing his junior season, this past spring, Comanche had become a high-major priority for some of the country's most illustrious programs.

He competed on the Under Armour circuit with Earl Watson Elite, enabling him to travel the country and compete against various other blue-chip talents.

Rumors reigned down early that Sean Miller's Wildcats held the edge, and ultimately they were able to close the show with Comanche and welcome yet another five star center into the fold. He picked Arizona over UConn, Arizona State, UCLA and N.C. State, among others.


Comanche's height (now 6-11) and length make him an imposing interior presence. He utilizes his length to block and alter shots, finishes at the rim and rips down his share of rebounds.

Comanche doesn't lack offense, but defense may be where he shines initially

He also possesses admirable mobility and changes ends sufficiently well for an uptempo game, should Arizona choose to force a faster tempo on opponents. The fact that he has improved markedly over the past three years also yields greater optimism. It figures that a young big man may need more time to develop, and Comanche appears to make strides from month to month.

His offensive game also bears some promise. Comanche can make short, facing jump shots and has nice mechanics on his free throws as well. His comfort at the high post may foreshadow his ultimate destination as an offensive player, because he's a fine passer from that distance already and is improving as a shooter.

Defensively, though still needing to get stronger, he should slot well both in college and potentially at the high professional level as well. Further, Comanche understands how to play within the team concept and doesn't attempt foolish shots or succumb to the temptation to try out his guard skills as many big men do.


As mentioned, and though no great concern, Comanche must gain weight. He can be outmuscled severely and sometimes blends in to the action too much given his ability. At the minimum, his freshman season may produce lower returns as a result.

He's also better when stationary than when on the move. Comanche's body control is reasonable when he's attacking in a straight line, but he can flail a little when trying to shift sideways or turn on his hips to release a shot in traffic.


Given the steady stream of elite players making their way to Tucson these days, along with the inevitable early NBA draft entrants, it's unwise to predict exactly how Comanche may fit into the roster early.

The Wildcats continue to pursue other elite big men from the 2015 class, so in sum, Comanche may not play as much as a freshman. That said, he ultimately projects as a starter and potential impact player given his size, blossoming skills and rate of improvement.

He may not loom as a sure thing in the way that Aaron Gordon did, for example, but Comanche's long-term could carry him all the way to the NBA. There's no disputing that he belongs among the country's top 50 senior prospects.

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