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Chance Comanche to leave Wildcats for pros

Posted: 1:20 PM, May 05, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-06 05:02:03Z

Arizona Wildcats center Chance Comanche is leaving the Arizona Wildcats basketball team for a professional career.

Comanche announced the decision on Twitter.

"After careful consideration with my family, I have decided to forego my remaining eligibility at the University of Arizona," his message begins.

"I'm thankful to Coach Miller for giving me an opportunity to play and be a part of such a great program as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Tucson.

"It's been a lifelong dream of mine to play in the NBA and I am looking forward to showcasing my talent during the draft process.

"I want to thank Coach Rounds for pushing me in the weight room, Coach Book for always helping me find the positive in every situation and Coach Phelps for pushing me to be the best I can be. I also want to thank my teammates who have always believed in me and the CATS academics for helping me academically. I especially want to send a huge thank you to Coach Pasternak for his continued belief, support and push of me throughout the years.

"Last but not least I would like to send a big thanks to the greatest fans in the country. I truly appreciate all of you!" 

#BEARDOWN CHANCE "CHIEF" COMANCHE #21

In his sophomore season, Comanche averaged 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He is not projected to be selected in the NBA Draft by leading pundits but could pursue a career as a free agent or overseas.

Wildcats Lauri Markkanen and Kobi Simmons have also left the program for pro careers. Rawle Alkins is testing the NBA Draft waters but has not hired an agent.