Tarver trying to improve his stock

The Cats will add a wing in this class. They'd prefer a big wing in the mold of an Andre Iguodala or Richard Jefferson. Seth Tarver may not quite be in those two NBA players' league, but he is a very intriguing prospect that the Cats have an eye on.<P>

Tarver is a long, athletic wing from Jesuit High School in Portland. Like most Portland players he has good fundamentals and nice athleticism.

"He's not a real scorer, but he does all the little things well," said West Coast recruiting analyst Greg Hicks. "He's got a great body and he's a good, but not exceptional, athlete."

Right now he is fairly open in recruiting. He's hearing from a number of big time programs, but needs to have a big summer to solidify scholarship offers from big time programs.

Right now he claims that he is hearing from Arizona, Washington, Oregon State, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.

"Arizona and Washington are recruiting pretty hard," Tarver said. "So is Georgia Tech."

Arizona has been on Tarver for some time, although he may not be their top choice at wing right now. Tarver is very familiar with the Wildcats.

"I like their style, they have a good program," said Tarver. "Their players develop and that's what I really like about them."

Tarver certainly passes the eyeball test, but he needs to work on his game to get big time attention.

"I need to improve the consistency of my shooting, being aggressive getting to the basket," Tarver admitted.

Tarver feels he has a little bit of Duane Wade in his game, although he is not a point guard like the young Miami Heat star. What he does do is defend and rebound. He can score from midrange, but his shot is awkward and he takes awhile to get it off.

"With a better shot, he'd be hearing from programs all over the country," Hicks said. "As it is, we think he still has a good chance to end up at the high major level."

Tarver had been playing with the Portland Panthers, but spent this past weekend playing for the Portland Legends, helping them win the Kingwood Classic. He teamed with Kyle Singler and Kevin Love, giving them another talented player on a team that was already pretty good.

That move will help get the young wing a lot of exposure, which is what he wants at this point.

"I just want to improve my status."


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