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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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Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:47 pm

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

Thats great for Arizona now they know how Ky fans have felt the past 3 years. The 2012 yaer for Ky looks like it will be pretty thin but my fingers are crossed that Calipari can land the no.1 recriut Muhammed and maybe no.13 Poythress that would be a good class but not as good as Arizona.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:08 pm

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

THis is a huge grab for Zona. This has to make them already be the #1 recruiting class. Good for them and great for the PAC-12, but not so good for the rest of the teams in the conference but i would hope that all the PAC-12 teams would like to have the challenge playing a team that will have as much talent as they will have. As a Huskies fan its tough to root for Zona (especially since seems to be easier for them to recruit over UW). Miller is bringing back the Olson days a little quicker than I bet alot of people were thinking he would also so I have to give props to him and his coaching staff. Lets hope the DAWGS can start taking some of there recruits in the upcoming years. :)

Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:43 pm

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

Unbelievable! Coach Miller is the man! Arizona is back where it belongs!! ON TOP of the world! 3 top ten players..........WOW!

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:15 pm

No. 7 Kaleb Tarczewski picks Arizona over Kansas

Hell yes!!  I was pretty sure this was going to be the outcome, but it still feels really good knowing its wrapped up and a sure thing.  Our recruiting class will be #1 for 2012 no matter what anyone else does and if guys like josiah turner and nick johnson stay for their sophopmore seasons then in 2012 we will be a wire-to-wire top 5 team.  Lookin forward to 2011 now though, lets get this season started!

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