Arizona signed a center with a lot of upside in Chance Comanche. What kind of career could he have in Tucson?
took a commitment from 6-foot-11, 205-pound Beverly Hills (Calif.) center Chance Comanche
in September, it wasn't considered a complete no-brainer by all West Coast coaches and scouts.
Comanche had an up and down summer, showing flashes of his high upside and also times where he didn't consistently perform at a high level.
Inconsistency is expected from young bigs, but Comanche's early high ranking made him a heavily debated prospect in the region.
Over the course of his senior season, Comanche took a step forward as a player and, while not all prospects turn out to be players, he's proven himself as a kid who the UA coaching staff was very smart to sign.
Chance is 6-foot-11 with long arms and terrific feet. He's much more mobile than necessarily athletic, but he moves very well. He has wide shoulders and should consistently gain weight throughout his career; he's a fraction of how strong he'll be someday.
Due to Comanche's high level frame and feet, it can be expected that he's going to handle muscle well and only improve athletically with strength, which isn't always the case.
Skill wise, Comanche can finish with both hands and has hook shots with his right and left as well. He's improved his touch around the basket, although he'll need to keep getting better at finishing with contact, something that will get better with added muscle.
Scout's 46th ranked prospect in 2015 has become a more consistent shooter as high school career has evolved, while he's also a nice passer from the high post.
Comanche's size and length should make him a big weapon on defense as a rim protector, while he also has nice timing as a rebounder.
Assuming Kaleb Tarczewski
goes pro off of Arizona's current team, Comanche should have the opportunity to step in and get some minutes behind Dusan Ristic
on next year's team.
Comanche isn't quite strong enough to make the impact at the high major level that he'll one day be able to make, but as he gains weight and receives coaching, he should take an annual step forward as a player.
You never know how quickly it's going to happen for anyone but Comanche has the chance to eventually be a productive college center, especially by the time he's an upperclassman, when he's added a lot of weight to his frame and had a couple more years to further develop his skill set.
He'll give Arizona valuable depth at center regardless, but has the upside to be a successful college player with expected continued development.