Former Arizona Wildcats standouts Chance Comanche and Nick Johnson are two of about 40 players participating in the NBA G League’s ninth-annual Elite Mini Camp this week in Chicago.
The two-day scouting event — held May 14 and 15 — “offers standouts from this past season another chance to showcase their talents in front of NBA team personnel, before NBA Summer League and 2018 training camps,” according to the G League’s website.
A strong showing can lead to a ticket to NBA Summer League or perhaps even an invite to an NBA training camp.
Comanche, 22, spent the 2017-18 season with the G League’s Memphis Hustle. The big man appeared in 45 games (starting in 14) and averaged 9.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks on 59 percent shooting in 18.3 minutes.
Comanche, who went undrafted after skipping his final two years of college, tweeted in February that he was “having one of my best years playing the game ... in terms of what I’m learning and how much I’m enjoying it all.”
Johnson, 25, spent the 2017-18 season with the Austin Spurs. He averaged 11.7 points per game on 35 percent shooting.
Johnson led the Spurs to a championship and was named NBA G League Finals MVP.
The Gilbert, Arizona native was a second-round pick by the Houston Rockets in the 2014 NBA Draft, but has not appeared in an NBA game since his rookie season.
Johnson has had multiple stints in the G League, as well as a stint with Bayern Munich of the German Basketball Bundesliga in 2016-17.
The full list of Elite Mini Camp participants can be found here.