As PGU hinted just days ago, Arizona received a commitment from junior college transfer Matt Korcheck. A Tucson native who played at Sabino High School, Korcheck sought out a higher level program after his first two years at Cochise College. Ultimately, Korcheck chose to stay in Arizona and finish out his career with Sean Miller and the Wildcats.
The 6’9 post player originally committed to UTEP, but plans fell through and he ended up in Camp Cochise. After making a splash in his first two years at the JuCo level, many of the nation’s top D-I programs began to recruit Korcheck, including Pitt, Oklahoma, Missouri, Auburn, Arizona, Marquette, Oregon, and New Mexico, among others. Being from Tucson, though, it appears as though he always held Arizona in high esteem.
At this point it is assumed that Korcheck will red-shirt the 2012-13 season to learn and gain strength, since the Wildcats are welcoming three five-star big men in Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett, and Kaleb Tarczewski into what should be an inexperienced but extremely talented post rotation. Korcheck would have two more years of eligibility in addition to a red-shirt year.
The implications of Korcheck’s commitment are multifold. Not only does he add another big body for practices, but he gives Miller and Co. some degree of insurance if any of Arizona’s #1 ranked 2012 recruiting class should go pro early. It’s not expected that any of them will be one-and-done’s, but Korcheck gives Arizona someone to step in right away should the NBA draft poach Arizona’s underclassmen bigs.
Furthermore, Korcheck gives Arizona a tough, coachable player to provide contrast and balance to the elite talents that headline the 2012 class. Very few programs can sustain long term success solely on the merit of bringing in top level recruits; a balance between star players and role players is required to avoid the peaks and valleys that come with being dependent on young talent from year to year. In Korcheck, Miller knows he has a guy that will work hard and buy in despite a lack of hype attached to his name.
While most people around the country don’t know who Matt Korcheck is, he’s a familiar face in Tucson. His long and winding road through the amateur basketball ranks seems to have come full circle, just one of life’s quirky coincidences. But in the end, Korcheck landed just where he wanted to be.