Timeline: Kaleb Tarczewski makes a decision

There has been much change and speculation throughout the recruitment of Kaleb Tarczewski. Read on for a complete timeline of the decision, going back to when Arizona started recruiting him.

For a player making his first commitment, Kaleb Tarczewski's recruitment sure has been one wild ride over the past several months. Read on for the full report of how the 7-foot, 220-pound prospect eventually chose to play his college ball at Arizona over Kansas, North Carolina, and Kentucky.

September 2009: While watching four-star small forward of the class of 2011 Alex Murphy, both Arizona and Kansas stumbled upon Tarczewski, a raw talent but one with vast potential. USC, West Virginia, Providence, and Indiana all offered early, but Kansas and Arizona chose a wait and see approach before offering.

April 2010 was the first time the Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's School visited Lawrence, as his New England Playaz squad took part in the annual Jayhawk Invitational.

May 2010: Tarczewski returned to Lawrence for the Kansas Elite Camp for his second visit in less than a month, and by then Boston College, Georgetown, Arizona, and Kansas had offered the rising prospect.

In July 2010, Tarczewski made his debut in the Scout.com Top 75 for the class of 2012, checking in at number 16. With his recruitment starting to take shape, he was still hesistent to name favorites, but admitted he was looking for Duke and North Carolina to step up their involvement.

Kansas head coach Bill Self made a stop by St. Mark's in September 2010 to check on Tarczewski, who was clearly becoming a priority for Kansas' 2012 recruiting effort and by November 2010 had moved up to the number 12 position in the class.

Although he again wouldn't name favorites, in January 2011 Tarczewski gave his first insight into which programs were pursuing him the hardest, listing Kansas, West Virginia, Connecticut, and Kentucky as those schools. He also mentioned North Carolina, Boston College, and Wake Forest as other schools in hot pursuit.

On January 29, 2011, Tarczewski made his third unofficial visit to Kansas to watch as the Jayhawks took on rival Kansas State. There was relatively no news surrounding his recruitment for some time, but by April 2011, Roy Williams and North Carolina extended an offer to Tarczewski, who had moved up to number nine in Scout's class of 2012 rankings.

His ranking fell a little bit in May 2011, as he regressed to number 14 in the class of 2012 according to Scout. This came right before Tarczewski set up three unofficial visits to Kansas, North Carolina, and Arizona. Trips to KU and UNC were not unexpected, but the third school, UA, had been less talked about in his recruitment.

His AAU coach and former Boston Celtics head coach John Carroll told Josh Gershon that while Kansas had been recruiting him the longest and the hardest, that Tarczewski's relationship and liking of Arizona head coach Sean Miller is the reason the nation's now number five prospect for the class of 2012 would be visiting Tucson. While Carroll would not name KU, UNC, and UA Tarczewski's final three, he did say that only Kentucky and West Virginia would be considered moving forward along with the three schools receiving visits.

June 9-10 marked Tarczewski's fourth unofficial visit to Kansas, and he also went North Carolina on from June 13-14 before visiting Arizona on June 20-21.

It appeared that while on the surface it was a three horse race between Arizona, Kansas and North Carolina, it may have been down to just two teams. After visiting all three of the schools, Tarczewski admitted to Evan Daniels that UNC's last start in the recruitment hurt the school a little bit, but he did not eliminate the Tar Heels all together.

Tarczewski entered July 2011 as the nation's number six overall player, and it is in this month that Sean Miller showed how badly he wanted the big man. During the evaluation period, Miller did not miss one of Tarczewski's games on the AAU circuit, something Bill Self could not also say.

This dedication alone showed how much of a priority Tarczewski had become for Arizona. Along with the Massachusetts big man, Miller also was in attendance for every game of another one of his top targets: Brandon Ashley of the Oakland Soldiers.

During the first evaluation period, the nation's ninth ranked shooting guard Gabe York committed to Sean Miller and the Wildcats. While it did not have an affect on Tarczewski's recruitment at the time, York's decision would have future implications for Arizona down the road.

In an interview with Inna Lazarev at the end of the first evaluation period, Tarczewski publically narrowed his list to Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, and North Carolina. Behind the scenes, it was clear that while he listed four schools, Tarczewski was down to just the Wildcats and the Jayhawks.

At the Adidas Nations tournament in Southern California in August 2011, Tarczewski was placed on the same team as the UA commitment York. During three day event, York worked tirelessly to convince his teammate for the event to join him as a teammate at Arizona, and gave the big man plenty to think about.

After wrapping up Adidas Nations, Tarczewski returned to Massachusetts intent on making a decision between KU and UA before his school year at St. Mark's began on September 9th. He wrestled with his decision for weeks, and by the time that day came, the natipn's number eight overall player had yet to make a decision.

The following day, September 10, Tarczewski set up two official visits: one to Kansas on September 17th, and one to Arizona on September 24th. After much deliberation, he eventually decided to skip both trips, and it appeared he may not take any more visits at all before deciding between the two schools.

As rumors of North Carolina resurfacing in the recruitment began to swirl, Tarczewski decided on another two official visit dates on September 27. This time, he'd be visiting Kansas for Late Night at the Phog on October 15 and Arizona for its Red-Blue Game on October 22.

On October 10 Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial center Robert Upshaw, Arizona's other target at the center position, cut UA from his list of schools he'd be considering, placing even more pressure on Miller to land Tarczewski.

After not committing on his official visit to Kansas, Tarczewski made it out to Tucson with Arizona's already existing 2012 recruiting class of York, Ashley, and Grant Jerrett. The four reportedly had a great time together, prompting Jerrett to predict Tarczewski would end up a Wildcat.

It appears now that his prediction was correct, as Tarczewski is the fourth member of Arizona's 2012 recruiting class. Along with Ashley, he is the second top 10 player Miller has hauled in to go along with the five-star big man Jerrett and the four-star shooting guard York.


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