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.
Rich Utter, 32nd season
2019-20 AT A GLANCE
Overall record: 5-13
Region record: 3-7 (tied for fourth place in 5A Sonoran)
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.
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).
“We should be able to compete with all teams in our region.” — Rich Utter