With Brandon Ashley off to the NBA, it's time to for Ryan Anderson to fill in at the power forward position. The Boston College transfer will now be eligible after sitting out this past season due to NCAA rules.
Being in the system for a year will definitely help Anderson this season, as he'll have a strong understanding of how the program is run. But with almost an entirely new lineup, it's going to take some time for this team to gel. He won't be an immediate impact player, but he will certainly ease the transition from Brandon Ashley to 2016 commit TJ Leaf.
At Boston College, Anderson was consistent in his scoring and rebounding. He averaged double-digit scoring and seven plus rebounds each of his three years. He can stretch the floor, rebound and defend the paint effectively. If you ever watched him warm up with the team, he's definitely expanded his range beyond the arc, considering he only attempted 15 three-pointers in his last season at Boston College.
With Brandon and Rondae officially set to leave for the NBA and the decision of Stanley Johnson on the horizon, here's a look at the possible projected lineup.
Justin Simon/Parker Jackson-Cartwright
Kadeem Allen/Gabe York/Elliott Pitts
Allonzo Trier/Ray Smith
Ryan Anderson/Chance Comanche
Kaleb Tarczewski/Dusan Ristic
Expect Arizona to also go after a graduate transfer to help bolster the depth in the front court. At this point you're probably saying why not Rabb or Zimmerman? Although Ivan Rabb has been a bit resitant to commit and has even given Arizona fans some hope, it's hard to imagine Rabb picking Arizona over Cal at this point. As for Zimmerman, it seems like he might take his talents to Lexington, Kentucky.
As of now, it looks like Arizona has the best shot at landing San Fransisco transfer Mark Tollefson. Chance Comanche is likely a four year guy for the program who could develop into a significant role player down the road. Of course, there's a chance he could take off earlier than expected just like former Arizona big men Angelo Chol, Grant Jerrett and Craig Victor if things don't pan out.