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Academic issues induce Arizona to suspend Chance Comanche

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Arizona’s men’s basketball team will play without Chance Comanche for a while. The team has suspended the sophomore talent for what appears to be an unsatisfactory academic performance.

He did not dress for the Wildcats’ exhibition game Tuesday night against College of Idaho, and Sean Miller confirmed just before the game it’s a suspension.

“Chance Comanche will not play in tonight’s game due to his own lack of academic responsibility,” Miller said in an emailed statement. “As a member of our basketball program, you are a student and an athlete, and you are expected to do the best of your ability in both areas. It is not an option to compete and be held accountable on the court but not in the classroom.

“This suspension is indefinite.”

Comanche did not profile as a key Wildcat cog last season in averaging just 1.9 points per game in 23 outings. But the 6-foot-11 sophomore center was a top-100 recruit in 2015 per ESPN — and a top-50 prospect nationally in the minds of Rivals and 247Sports.com — coming out of Beverly Hills (Calif.) High School. He averaged 20.1 points and 16.6 rebounds per night as a senior at Beverly Hills to lead his team to a section championship.

With Miller making this strong announcement now, it’s unlikely Comanche is going to play for the Wildcats during this semester. A mid-December cameo — once the school’s holiday break begins — would seem like the earliest the promising big man could re-emerge in uniform.

Arizona still has Dusan Ristic, a 7-foot junior, inside after it lost senior Kaleb Tarczewski after last season.

No. 10 Arizona opens its season against No. 12 Michigan State in the Armed Forces Classic on November 11 in Honolulu, Haw.

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