One of the nation's top 2012 prospects, 7-foot-0, 220-pound Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's center Kaleb Tarczewski, has taken the next step towards choosing a college in setting up three unofficial visits over the next couple weeks.
According to Tarczewski's AAU coach, John Carroll, the five-star prospect is scheduled to see three schools, the first of which will be this week.
"He's going to visit Kansas this week on Thursday and Friday, he'll go to adidas nations right after that, and then he'll go to North Carolina after adidas Nations, on Monday and Tuesday, June 13 and 14," Carroll said. "He's going to Portland a week from now, where he's playing with his AAU team. Then he'll go to Arizona after that on June 20 and 21."
Carroll quickly broke down the three schools that Tarczewski is visiting and how they've gotten to this point in the recruitment.
Kansas: "I think they've recruited him the longest and the hardest. Joe Dooley has worked harder than anybody else in his recruitment so far. He saw the campus a year ago after an AAU tournament and went to elite camp last year. He then went out with his dad earlier this year when they played Kansas State. He's seen the school several times and coach Dooley has done a great job with him."
North Carolina: "I think they were recruiting Alex Murphy and that's when they saw Kaleb. At the time they hadn't offered Kaleb but Coach (Roy) Williams, along with C.B. McGrath, who was kind of the catalyst in the recruitment of Kaleb, worked hard and talked to coach Williams about Kaleb.
"They came back and watched him a couple times and I think Roy Williams has done an excellent job of communicating with Kaleb within the rules of allowing to talk to someone his age. I think it's Carolina. It's a combination of Carolina's success, Kaleb's potential and their coaching staff with C.B. McGrath and also coach Williams making an impression on Kaleb."
Arizona: "Those guys have known Kaleb for a long time. 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."
According to Carroll, Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona aren't necessarily Tarczewski's final three, but they could end up being the group he chooses between.
"That's kind of hard to say but he's only visiting three schools, playing in the month of July and then probably making a decision in August. Unless he visits other schools, those would be the three schools right now," Carroll said.
"Kentucky has been recruiting him and there's a possibility he visits Kentucky. West Virginia has been recruiting him and there's a possibility he visits there. I don't see many more than those. Those are the schools I think he ends up visiting; the three he's scheduled definitely and then possibly (Kentucky and West Virginia).
"His month of June is pretty full with adidas Nations and then Amare Stoudemire Camp after his Arizona visit. We tried to set all this up so he could combine visits with camps. His month of June is pretty full, his July is pretty full and if he wants to make another visit in August, it will be up to him at that point."
Tarczewski sets up three visits
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