Today Kaleb Tarczewski verbally committed to Sean Miller and the University of Arizona. Tarczewski becomes the fourth member of Arizona’s 2012 recruiting class, which was already rated as the best recruiting class by ESPN. Tarczewski joins Grant Jerrett, Gabe York, and Brandon Ashley in the next wave of Wildcats.
The commitment ends the long, highly publicized recruitment of the Claremont, New Hampshire native. Considered a Kansas lean due to his numerous visits and relationship with the assistant coaches, Tarczewski let his recruitment continue throughout the summer.
While Arizona had always been recruiting Tarczewski, the extra time allowed them the chance to further state their case. And the sales pitch was effective, as the momentum Arizona built eventually led to pulling Tarczewski away from Kansas. Sean Miller was at his best, attending every one of Tarczewski’s games in the second evaluation period and making it known Arizona was coming after him with everything they had.
The 7 foot, 220 pound center is the true big man Sean Miller had publicly stated that he wanted for 2012. He takes some pressure of the numerous 4/5 players Arizona has on it’s roster, and he allows future Wildcat Grant Jerrett (who has grown to 6’10) to play the power forward position when they are both in the game.
The new recruit is significant for a number of reasons. Not only is Tarczewski a consensus top 10 player, but for Arizona to pull a center from the east coast (while beating out blue bloods Kansas, North Carolina, and Kentucky) adds even more hype and momentum to the recruiting trail. Arizona is a hot name on the west coast, and Tarczewski’s commitment will only make it hotter.
Tarczewski obviously had his pick of schools. The decision wasn’t just about which school he liked the best, but where he envisioned having the best career. Sean Miller and his coaching staff were able to convince Tarczewski and those around him that they had the best opportunity to develop Kaleb and put him in a position to succeed.
On paper, Arizona’s 2012 roster is loaded, and Tarczewski not only has a chance at immediate playing time, but also at success early in his career. Sean Miller appears to be building a championship contender in 2012 and that opportunity is obviously appealing to young players.
Perhaps no one is more relieved to have made a decision than Tarczewski himself.
“It’s been a long process and it will be a relief to get it over with,” Tarczewski said earlier this summer. “It’s been up and down, but in the end the best school will come out on top.”
And today, Arizona is on top.