2006 Profile: Seth Tarver

One player who really caught our eye this summer was Portland's Seth Tarver. The talented swingman comes from a wildly athletic family and has a ton of skills. He should be a sure-fire top-50 player in 2006.

Seth Tarver is a 6-5 wing from Portland, Oregon who had a very good summer and is poised to be a top-tier recruit in 2006. Currently he's the Insiders' No. 13 small forward in the class, but he has the skills and ability to rise in the rankings.

Tarver is the brother of 2005 recruit Josh Tarver and former UCLA standout Shon Tarver. His father played in the NFL and a sister ran track in college. Needless to say there is a lot of athleticism in the family.

Having one brother who's been through the wars and another close to choosing a school, Tarver has a lot of experience to draw from. Shon, in particular, has been helpful.

"He just really gives us advice," Seth said of his big brother. "He helps us out whenever we need help." Tarver himself is an athletic wing that can make things happen. He is a very active player who can get to the hole and draws a lot of fouls. He's got a nice build with some length. He's got a nice handle and a solid jumper.

He's still in the early part of the recruiting game, but things are starting to shape up.

"Mainly just Pac-10 schools really," Tarver said of those showing the most interest. "I'm on the West coach so mainly just the pac-10." Right now he lists Arizona, UCLA and Cal, but admits most of the Pac-10 schools are in the mix, at least the ones to the south.

"I'd like to leave the Northwest," Tarver confessed.

The Wildcats seem to be high on him. They have been out to see a number of his games over the summer, even having Lute Olson check out the young player.

Tarver likes the Cats as well. He's quick to mention them and knows a good deal about them.

"Their style fits me well," Tarver said of the UA. "They have good education and a real nice location."

Any time a West Coast player rises in the rankings, teams from other parts of the country try to get involved. Right now Tarver claims that he does not need any other big time programs to come in, at least not right now.

"I'm satisfied right now," Tarver said. "There are some schools I like that are not talking to me, but I'm satisfied."

CAT TRACKS ANALYSIS: Tarver has all the tools to be one of the best players in the 2006 class. He can do a lot of things and if he can continue to improve he should move up the rankings. When talking to him it sounds as if the Cats are in great shape.

E-mail Brad at bradallis@msn.com

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