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Arizona basketball: Chance Comanche will not return to school, remain in NBA Draft

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The Wildcats’ big man is not found in any mock draft

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Chance Comanche's career with the Arizona Wildcats is over as the sophomore center announced he will stay in the NBA Draft and forego his remaining eligibility.

While not listed in any mock drafts, Comanche presumably believes his potential as a shot blocker will be of interest to teams who will look to develop him in the NBA D-League.

The NBA’s new “two-way” policy, which Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star wrote at length about in early May, may have been an influencing factor for the 6-foot-11 center out of Southern California. The new rule allows NBA teams to have two alternate players that they can more seamlessly move up and down between the pro club and the developmental team.

That policy allows players to earn “a total of between $76,000 and $275,000, depending on how many days they spend with their NBA team.” The normal D-League salary ranges from $19,500 to $26,000.

Comanche tripled his minutes played this past season for Arizona, playing 18 minutes per game while adding 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds. He shot 57 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free throw stripe.

He is the fourth Arizona player from last year’s team that will not be around next year, joining Lauri Markkanen, Kobi Simmons, and Kadeem Allen. The final decision from Rawle Alkins is still pending.


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