Rincon/University boys basketball will be fast, flexible, balanced in move to 6A

Over the next few weeks, SBLive Arizona will break down every 6A boys and girls basketball team in the state entering the 2020-21 season. Here’s our look at the Rincon/University Rangers boys of the 6A Desert Southwest.

RINCON/UNIVERSITY TEAM PAGE

HEAD COACH

Rich Utter, 32nd season  

2019-20 AT A GLANCE

Overall record: 5-13

Region record: 3-7 (tied for fourth place in 5A Sonoran)

Playoffs: None

ALL-REGION PLAYERS DEPARTED

F Toate Sika, defensive player of the year, second team  

F Sam Peters, honorable mention

G Diondre Andres, honorable mention

PLAYERS TO WATCH

G Rene Felix, sr., 5-11

Felix will have the ball in his hands early and often this season. He was a second-team all-5A Sonoran honoree as a junior.

F/C Elliot Chubon, sr., 6-4

Chubon received all-Sonoran honorable mention in 2019-20. He’ll help lead a Rangers team that hopes to do much better this season with many of its best players back for their senior year.

G Jordan Drew, sr., 5-8

Drew will step into a much bigger role after the departure of honorable mention all-region guard Diondre Andres.

OUTLOOK

The Rangers have more than 30 years of success under Utter. After a 5-13 campaign in 2019-20, they’ll try to get back to winning this winter.

According to Utter, the team will look to play fast, flexible and balanced as the program moves up to 6A. A strong senior class appears capable of filling the holes left by graduation (Peters and Andres) and transfer (Sika, now at Tucson Prep).

COACH SAID

“We should be able to compete with all teams in our region.” — Rich Utter

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