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No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:48 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

A few years ago Kaleb Tarczewski was an anonymous 7-footer from the sticks of New Hampshire.

Now he's headed to Arizona.

Tarczewski committed to Sean Miller and the Wildcats on Monday afternoon in a recruitment in which many had him pegged for Kansas.

"It was a very long journey," said Tarczewski, a Claremont, New Hampshire native who has spent the past three years at St. Mark's (Mass.). "An unbelievable process. I'm so lucky to be in this position and never would have imagined having these options when I first came to St. Mark's."

Ultimately it came down to Arizona and Kansas. However, North Carolina and Kentucky were also in pursuit for the No. 7-ranked prospect in 2012.

"I had great programs and great coaches recruiting me," Tarczewski said. "It just felt right at Arizona. I fell in love with everything - from the current players to the staff to Brandon Ashley, Grant Jarrett and Gabe York."

"My parents really supported me in my decision to go to Arizona," he added.

Tarczewski was basically discovered and tutored by Jay Murphy. Then he went out on the road with the New England Playaz - where he received the exposure to be recruited at the highest level.

He has terrific size, runs the floor extremely well for someone his size and has a work ethic and attitude to match. He still has his deficiencies, but the best aspect about Tarczewski is that he understands it - and is willing to put in the work.

"I still have a long way to go as a player, but I've had a ton of help along the way," Tarczewski said. "Without people like T.J. Gassnola, Jay Murphy, Dave Lubick and John Carroll, I wouldn't be in this position.

"I hope during my four years at Arizona, I can help win Pac-12 titles and help get to the Final Four."

Tarczewski becomes the fourth Arizona commit in the Class of 2012 - joining Ashley, Jarrett and York. All four are considered Top 50 players in the class - and three (Ashley, Jarrett, Tarczewski) have a legitimate shot at making the McDonald's All-American Game.

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Comments

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:55 am
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

He knows he can play . . . which is why he chose Arizona!  Your post sounds like sour grapes to me!




Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:52 am
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

LOL  LOL  They are up to the usual . . . recruiting good players just that never reach their potential playing for Sendek at a school that can't even fill their arena for big games.

BEAR DOWN ARIZONA . . . GO CATS!!!



Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:33 pm
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

KUCalhoun, KU brought him to Lawrence for Late Night at the Fogg so, no, they hadn't stopped recruiting him. Why would they stop recruiting the top ranked center in the country? Because they're happy with Withey's 2.3 points and 3 boards per game? They have nobody on their roster taller than 6' 9" outside of Withey. KU wanted Tarc badly, just like they wanted Chol and Turner, both of whom chose Arizona over Kansas.



Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:46 pm
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

So when can I book a flight to Atlanta for April 6, 2013?  BEAR DOWN!

Miller is building a monster.



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:15 pm
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

Your a little full of yourself friend." But if he really thought he could play, he would have chosen KU " Time for KU to recruit Student Athletes, which is your coaches job, so it's time for a change of leadership. If Zues visits 5 times and is not impressed, something is wrong in Denmark.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:58 pm
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

They took Withey away from us, so, why not? :P



Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:25 pm
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

Love It - Bear Down Arizona!




Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:04 pm
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

I though Coach Self and the Jayhawk coaching staff stopped pursing this kid months ago. 

Nothing like using the Kansas Jayhawks name to get a bigger spotlight and garner more interest.



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:34 am
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

Two possible reasons why KU is missing out on some of these recruits:

(1) Coach Self has only one Final Four under his belt, with four eyebrow-raising losses to I-AA schools in the NCAA Tournament.

(2) Recruits see Kansas as missing out on a BCS conference if and when the Big 12 breaks up.

In any case, Self needs to get it in gear and land some more talented recruits. It's bad enough this year's freshman class was wiped out by NCAA ineligibility. And oh by the way, another Final Four run sometime soon, or at least a respectable loss to a I-A school in the Tournament, would help his case.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:58 am
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

STIFF!

yep, white seven footer from New Hampshire will dominate college basketball.


Of course, im just saying that because he turned down Kansas. But if he really thought he could play, he would have chosen KU.,



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