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Much is stated this preseason on the bulking up of Arizona players under strength and conditioning coach Chris Rounds, who came to Tucson with Sean Miller from Xavier in 2009.

One of the more phenomenal developments is of freshman center Chance Comanche, who reportedly has gained at least 20 pounds since July when he arrived on campus for school and workouts.

Comanche’s mother Melissa McGee, a former Long Beach State standout, Tweeted recently (below): “4 months with Coach Rounds in UofA’s Strength Program has completely transformed my son Chance #up23lbs”

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Rounds is known for whipping into shape Solomon Hill and Derrick Williams, both of whom showed up to Tucson overweight in Miller’s first season of 2009-10.

A key part of Rounds’ physical development with the players is before the season from June to August, the time frame in which Comanche has bulked up.

Much of the focus is on building strength at this time and players generally lift four times per week, splitting time between the upper and lower body.

Freshmen who enter the program typically gain an average of 10.8 pounds of muscle per man in their first four months in the program. These players increase their reps in a 185-pound bench-press test by 10 per man in that span, according to Arizona’s Web site.

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