In today’s NCAA it’s rare for a college basketball team to have a four year starter, but that’s exactly what Arizona has in senior center Kaleb Tarczewski. The 7 footer enters the season as one of the most experienced players in the country, and is primed for a breakout season.
Tarczewski figures to be one of the best rebounding big men in the Pac-12, and his size and strength on the interior will be a matchup problem for many teams.
But where Tarczewski can really make an expanded impact is on the offensive end, where he has been somewhat overlooked over the last few seasons.
At times last season Tarczewski flashed the ability to step away from the basket and shoot the midrange shot. If the senior can add that as a complement to his interior game, there won’t be many defenders in the country that can stop him from scoring easy points.
After deferring to his talented teammates for most of his career, Tarczewski should finally have the green light to show what he’s capable of on the offensive side of the ball. If he embraces that role, Tarczewski could become a focal point of Arizona’s attack next season.
Tarczewski’s consistency on the defensive end will also be critical to the team’s success. As a solid help defender who makes the right rotations, Tarczewki will be on the floor as much as possible in order to anchor the team’s interior defense.
As a player that has run through the Pac-12 gauntlet three times now, Tarczewski’s experience will be invaluable as well.
On a team that features many new players, leadership will be a key component in how quickly the team comes together. Kadeem Allen, Ryan Anderson, and Mark Tollefsen are all talented players that have experience, but none of them have played at a program of Arizona’s caliber and will have to learn on the fly.
And with four new freshman in the mix, Tarczewski’s experience will help practices run smoother. Tarczewski’s ability to mentor younger players’ will have a positive impact on their development and will allow Arizona to reach their potential sooner.
Over the last few seasons, Tarczewski has been surrounded by numerous NBA draft picks and has shared the spotlight admirably. As a team oriented player, personal accolades have never seemed to be a priority. But this season, Arizona will need to rely heavily on the experienced senior, opening the door for a breakout season.