Blog Entry

Tarczewski cements top spot for Arizona's class

Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:58 pm

By Jeff Borzello

Barring multiple major moves from another school, the No. 1 recruiting class for 2012 will belong to Arizona.

With three top-30 recruits already in the fold, Monday’s announcement by Kaleb Tarczewski that he would attend Arizona – over Kansas – only cemented the Wildcats’ spot atop the rankings.

Tarczewski, a 7-foot center from St. Mark’s (Mass.), is ranked No. 7 in’s Top 100. He runs the floor extremely well for a player his size, and knows how to finish around the basket. Tarczewski can score with both hands and he continues to develop various post moves.

He will join No. 6 Brandon Ashley, No. 23 Gabe York and No. 29 Grant Jerrett in the Wildcats’ 2012 class. Essentially, Sean Miller now has two top-10 prospects as well as two other players who could end up as McDonald’s All-Americans. It’s not Kentucky getting four of the top-17 players like John Calipari did in 2011, but it’s close enough – and certainly good enough to be the No. 1 class around.

Tarczewski’s commitment also means more than just giving Arizona the top-ranked recruiting class in 2012. The Wildcats might be the preseason favorite to cut down the nets next season.

Miller brought in a top-five recruiting class last season, and all four of those players will likely stick around for next season. Just think about this lineup:

  • Point guard: Josiah Turner
  • Shooting guard: Nick Johnson
  • Small forward: Kevin Parrom or Solomon Hill
  • Power forward: Brandon Ashley
  • Center: Kaleb Tarczewski

Turner and Johnson were both five-star guards in 2011, while Parrom or Hill will provide a veteran presence in the lineup. The bench will include Jordin Mayes, York, Jerrett, Sidiki Johnson, Angelo Chol and either Parrom or Hill. That team is certainly capable of winning a national championship in two seasons.

Just think about where Arizona was a few years ago. Prior to last season, Arizona had not won more than 21 games since 2005, and even snapped their 25-year streak of reaching the NCAA tournament when they missed out on the Big Dance in 2010. With Derrick Williams leading the way last year, Arizona came within a game of the Final Four, and Miller has the Wildcats as a top-20 team again this season even without Williams.

There were rampant rumors this offseason that Miller would leave Arizona for the vacant head coaching job at Maryland. However, he decided to stay in Tucson and continue to rebuild Arizona.

It looks like the rebuilding is over – the Wildcats are back among the nation’s elite.

Photo: Adidas Nations


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:12 am

Tarczewski cements top spot for Arizona's class

I am convinced with "Zeus" Kaleb Tarczewski on board to the desert of Tucson that Arizona Wildcats have gotten the #1 recruiting class of 2012 locked up for sure. No doubt that Sean Miller is becoming a great recruiter and winner like the great Lute Olson was at UA. The Wildcats have not skipped a beat since Olson have felt.

Go Wildcats!!!!!!!SmileSmileSmileSmile

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:29 pm

Tarczewski cements top spot for Arizona's class

A little early to be handing out awards isn't it? Still alot of time left in the recruting season.

"Barring multiple major moves from another school"  like Kentucky. 

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:05 pm

Tarczewski cements top spot for Arizona's class

Can't say it enough.  Sean Miller is the best thing to happen to this program since we last went to the Final Four back in 2001.  He's done such a tremendous job of recruiting on a national scale.  Now he can focus on the 2013 and 2014 classes and bring in the next line of stud future Wildcats.  West is the Best.  BEAR DOWN!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or