Tarczewski set to begin visit

Center Kaleb Tarczewski is set to visit Arizona on Monday and Tuesday. What would it mean for Arizona to land him? Do the Wildcats really have a chance? Read on for more.

Monday starts a big two-day stretch for Arizona basketball, as five-star center Kaleb Tarczewski will be in town on Monday and Tuesday for an unofficial visit.

Although things can always change in recruiting, it appears that Arizona is among Tarczewski's final three schools, along with North Carolina and Kansas.

Kansas has long thought to be the leader and may very well be still, but Arizona is going to put its best efforts towards landing a player that many consider to be one of the best in the country.

Tarzewski's AAU coach John Carroll says that Arizona has plenty going for it, which has allowed the Wildcats to remain right in the thick of things.

"Those guys have known Kaleb for a long time.," Carroll told Scout.com. "They were recruiting Alex Murphy and Kaleb and I think what's intriguing about Arizona is on Sean Miller. Kaleb is very aware of how Sean is one of the top one, two or three young coaches in the country. I think Kaleb understands that Sean has done a great job developing players at Xavier and now Arizona, an example being Derrick Williams.

"Kaleb understands if he's going to go away from home, distance isn't going to be the same factor to him as finding the right coach and program so he can reach his potential, which is the most important thing to Kaleb. He knows that Sean is a very, very good young coach and that it might be the best place for him. That's obviously yet to be determined but I think that's why he's taking a visit there."

Tarczewski is in no rush to make a decision after his visit to Arizona and it would not be a surprise if he took a majority of the summer to do so.

As for what type of player Arizona would be getting should it land Tarzewski, the Wildcats would likely be adding somebody that would make an immediate impact.

"As Tarczewski's high school career has developed, he's continued to get better," Scout.com's scouting report states. "Working out with former NBA coach John Carroll has helped him tremendously. Although his post moves still need consistency, he's added a jump hook and is starting to become more confident when he makes moves on the block.

"At this stage, he's a terrific shot blocker with good athleticism and timing. The 7-footer is one of the best post prospects in the 2012 class."

Should the Wildcats impress Tarczewski enough to land him in the future, he would be part of a class that already has one of the best power forwards in the country in Grant Jerrett.

Landing Tarczewski may not make or break the class, but it would automatically vault Arizona into one of the top recruiting classes in the country and show that Sean Miller and company have what it takes to beat out powerhouses North Carolina and Kansas for recruits, which is something not many schools can say.

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