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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: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:40 am
 

AWWW YEAH BABY!

Arizona has the #4 ranked class this year, AND they were already ranked #1 for next year BEFORE this cat declared.  The next 4 years are going to be a blast!!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 2:43 am
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

oooover-rated



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 2:21 am
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

What a class Arizona has coming in. The depth they will have will allow them to run 10 deep with 4 and 5 star talent. Arixona already has a lot of talent on hand. If Miller can get this class to buy in to the shared minutes concept Arizona is going to be a scary.


bluegray213
Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:39 am
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Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:02 am
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

With the drum roll from AZ and Sean Miller, what are ASU and Herb Sendek up to?



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:00 pm
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

What's wrong with Billy Self and Kansas?  First, Calipari inks Kansas native, 6'10" Willie Cauley and then, Sean Miller nabs Tarczzewski from New Hampshire whom was pretty much a considered a lock for Kansas.  What happened to Kansas in the recruitment of these big men?  As for Zona having the number one class, I'll wait to see what shakes out in this signing period.


lesterreynolds
Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:48 pm
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Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:53 pm
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

Arizona is one of the elite basketball schools in the country despite a few lean years in the past decade due to the instability of the coaching staff during Hall of Fame Coach Olson's final years.  As for the 7 footer from New Hampshire.  Let's see recruiting, kid from New Hampshire can either go to Kansas and endure similiar cold winters with high winds on the plains or Arizona where it's shorts and t-shirt 10 months of the year and getting to play with other top recruits.  It's amazing what Olson established at Arizona over the course of the past three decades and Miller has inherited a great winning tradition.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:19 pm
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

Now that Kaleb Tarczewski is coming to Arizona Sean Miller and UA have by far the #1 recruiting class of 2012. No doubt that Miller is becoming a great recruiter like the great Lute Olson was and because of that the Wildcats will be the elites of college basketball for a long time coming yet. Welcome Tarczewski to the desert big guy.

Go Wildcats!!!!!!!SmileSmileSmileSmile



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:04 pm
 

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

This is a huge get for Arizona and Sean Miller. It ought to put Arizona at the top of the recruiting class rankings.

More evidence that Miller has the Wildcats back at elite program status.

And the best aspect might be that Tarczewski recognizes that he has a lot still to learn. Looking forward to watching the big man develop. 


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