Arizona will host one of their top 2015 targets this weekend in big man Chance Comanche.
But despite being one of the best post recruits on the west coast, there isn’t much hype surrounding Comanche. In fact, there’s no consensus among the recruiting rankings which peg him anywhere from top 30 to just inside the top 100.
At PGU we follow recruiting like no one else, so we’re familiar with Comanche’s game.
At 6-10, he has great height to play on the interior. And he’s both athletic and mobile, making him a rather rare combination of size and athletic ability.
That alone makes him an intriguing prospect capable of securing a spot on a lot of very good teams. But Comanche has more elements to his game that make him a special prospect.
His ability to block and alter shots is advanced for his age, and his timing and patience are both improving. In college basketball, having elite shot blockers is rare and Comanche is poised to be a defensive presence as his body physically matures.
Adding to Comanche’s uniqueness, he has also shown the ability to step out and shoot the ball with range. That is one skill that separates him from nearly every center prospect in the 2015 class, and it’s something that could ultimately elevate Comanche’s stock.
Some Arizona fans might be reading this and thinking of another U of A big man, Channing Frye. Frye, who has put together a very lucrative veteran career in the NBA, is actually a pretty good comparison for Comanche.
But consider this, Frye never really became a perimeter shooter until his NBA days. Comanche will enter college as an advanced shooter for his position, making his ceiling in this area high.
Of course, there’s a lot that Comanche needs to work on too. Playing with more physicality on the interior is one main area in which the big man needs to improve, as his height is best utilized close to the basket.
He will also have to develop some go-to post moves to complement his ability to shoot from the outside.
By now you can see why Comanche is one of the more unique post players in his class. And with Arizona in need of a couple bigs in the 2015 class, this could be a great match.
If you’re an Arizona fan, you should be hoping Comanche enjoys his visit. His special skillset could go a long way in securing the Wildcats’ future frontcourt. As of now, Arizona is the heavy favorite to land Comanche.