Ever since Sean Miller landed in Arizona he has hit the ground running on the recruiting trail. First he managed to pull in a class headed by Derrick Williams, Solomon Hill, Kevin Parrom, and Lamont Jones which propelled his team to an Elite Eight during his second season, and now another game changing class is on the way.
Tarczewski is the cherry on top to a class that will go down as one of the finest in the history of the school. Already the Wildcats had three top five pledges, including two-five star interior players, and now they have another in Tarczewski.
The No. 8 ranked player in the Scout.com top 100, Tarczewski is a legitimate center with good athleticism, an ability to score down low, and also someone who runs the floor well. Tarczewski is the interior presence that complements the skill of Grant Jerrett and the athleticism and versatility of Brandon Ashley for the Wildcats.
The commitment of Tarczewski highlights what Miller's philosophy is in recruiting. He recruits close to his home base, and then only extends himself if he feels the staff has a great connection. To this point the three California commitments come to him from the Arizona breadbasket of recruiting. Now Tarczewski comes from out of the region, but with a champion involved.
Miller and Tarczewski's AAU Coach John Carroll have a long standing relationship that goes back many years, and also assistant Book Richardson has known Carroll from his time on the AAU circuit with the New York Gauchos.
Only rarely, maybe with only one or two prospects each recruiting year, does Miller find it prudent to go outside of his bread basket to recruit, but obviously he felt Tarczewski was good enough and also that the Wildcats had a great shot to land him, and he proved to be correct.
By using the connection with Carroll and having a solid product to sell, Miller and his staff went outside their region. Only rarely has he done it, with Parrom as well as Sidiki Johnson in the 2011 class, but when he does usually there is a singular focus.
Right now Arizona is very hot on the recruiting trail, and with the focus of the staff on a system of how they recruit as well as solid product on the floor the Wildcats are rolling.