Four Stick Out For Tarczewski

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Following a loss to Life Center Academy this past weekend, caught up with Kaleb Tarczewski to discuss the latest in his recruitment.

After a monster summer and a strong start to his junior season, Kaleb Tarczewski has become one of the most talked about post prospects in the talented 2012 recruiting class.

This past weekend in a loss to Life Center Academy, Tarczewski put up a double-double scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

While he struggled the get his offense going over the weekend, the talented 7-footer said he sees himself as more of a defensive presence at this point.

"I try to think I'm a shot blocker and rebounder," Tarczewski told "Obviously I'm a back to the basket kind of guy. I just play strong and I might not be overly skilled, but I just try to put forth the effort."

A number of high major schools across the country have evaluated the five-star center and he has already reeled in over a dozen scholarship offers. Thus far, a couple of schools are recruiting him harder than others.

"Almost every school in the country is on me," Tarczewski said. "It all happened pretty fast. I'm trying to take my time and get to know the programs and go from there."

"Kansas is coming really hard," he said. "West Virginia really hard, UConn and Kentucky is starting to come pretty hard. It's been good."

Tarczewski said he's also hearing from Boston College, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

The Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's standout took a visit to Kansas over the summer and always talks glowingly about the Jayhawks. He cited their history with big men as one of the main reason he likes them.

"If you look at it, most every big post guy has made it to the league for the past 15 years and obviously the league is where I want to be," he said. "Coach [Self] is a great coach and he could hone my skills and make me the player I want to be."

"I went out there for camp this summer and I liked it out there," he added. "Obviously nothing yet, but I've been there and I liked what I see."

Tarczewski said he took a recent trip to Connecticut for an unofficial visit when they played South Florida. He's now set to visit Kansas again for their game against Kansas State at the end of the month. He's also planning a Boston College visit.

Despite the recent visits, Tarczewski said he's not close to making his college choice.

"I'll probably wait it out," he said. "I'm still trying to find my game and see which team fits my style of play. It will probably take a while. I'm not really looking to rush anything."

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