Junior power forward Chance Comanche, who hails from Los Angeles, came away impressed with his first trip to NC State.
Comanche, who was joined by his mother, Melissa McGee, and a friend, arrived in Raleigh Dec. 6-8 for an unofficial visit. Comanche saw NC State top his mother’s alma mater, Long Beach State, Dec. 7, 76-66. She played for the 49ers women’s basketball team.
“It was a good trip, and I like the college. It’s a nice campus, and the coaches were nice and I like them,” Comanche said. “They’ve been recruiting me, and my mom wanted to see the school, and see how the coaches and the players were.”
Comanche came away with a good idea of how the post players are used in the Wolfpack’s offense
“I had seen them on TV. They ran the court and played in transition well,” Comanche said. “I also run the court well and get up the floor. I think I’d fit in well. If I came in, they [other post players] would be able to help me out and show me the ropes.”
Rivals.com ranks the 6-10, 197-pound Comanche the No. 15 overall player in the class of 2015. The Los Angeles View Park Cont Senior High standout has been working hard this fall to enjoy a breakout junior campaign.
“I’ve been training three times a week to get stronger, and get my endurance and stamina up, and my jumping ability,” Comanche said.
NC State head coach Mark Gottfried visited Comanche during the fall evaluation period and offered him in mid-October. Comanche also said he talked to assistant coach Orlando Early, director of operations Jeff Dunlap and director of player development Dereck Whittenburg.
“Coach Gottfried said to keep working hard, and he hopes I can come visit again,” Comanche said.
Comanche has a lengthy list of suitors and knew that he wasn’t going to be able to see all the schools on it just using his five official visits. If he returns to NC State for a second trip, he hopes to see the academic side.
Oklahoma State is the latest school to offer him, according to Comanche. NC State, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida State, Gonzaga, Oregon, USC and Washington have also offered him.
Comanche has unofficially visited both Arizona State and Arizona this fall, and hopes to see another Pac-12 program in the near future.
“Arizona and Arizona State are good schools with nice campuses,” Comanche said. “The staffs were nice and I like them. I want to see Oregon, but I’m not sure when.”—By Jacey Zembal