7-Footer On The Rise

It didn't take Kaleb Tarczewski long to grab college coaches attention. He had a great first few days of the evaluation period and he continues to get better.

Often times it takes a little longer for big men to develop. In Kaleb Tarczewski's case, he's making improvements by the day.

"I definitely think I am, but I also think that I have a lot more work to do," Tarczewski said. "I need to refine everything. I definitely feel like I've set a ground level for my game, but I think there's definitely a lot more things I need to work on."

Tarczewski, a 7-foot, 220-pound prospect out of Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's, put together a strong effort during the first evaluation period and led the New England Playaz to a final four finish at the adidas Invitational and a championship at the Jam Fest.

"I hadn't really played high-level basketball for an extended period of time, so it's been good," he said of July. "I love playing with the team and obviously being coached by John Carroll is wonderful. I've learned so much being coached by him."

"When I'm playing well I rebound and I contest shots," he added. "I won't always block them, but I'll at least change them. I can score in the post when I'm playing well too."

College coaches certainly took notice of Tarczewski and his improvement. Some of the nation's finest were trailing him game to game.

"It's kind of stayed pretty consistent," Tarczewski said of his recruitment. "Duke, North Carolina and Florida and all of the coaches that haven't offered got to see me play."

Among the schools that have offered are Georgetown, Kansas, Providence, Boston College, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Indiana, Arizona and Georgia Tech.

"T.J. [Gassanola] told me that a lot of people are really, really interested," he said. "It's progressed a little bit, but it's been fairly consistent."

"Duke got to watch me play," Tarczewski, who received a call from Mike Kryzewski recently, said. "I played fairly well in Indianapolis, so I'm glad they got to see me play there."

Kansas has been on Tarczewski for quite some time. He said their effort and they way they've recruited him is one of the main reasons he likes the Jayhawks.

"Coach Dooley has been at every single one of my games the entire July," Tarczewski said. "I feel like they are really working really hard to show me how much they are interested in me.

"I have had conversations on the phone with Danny Manning, coach [Bill] Self and coach Dooley a lot. It's nice to know they are very interested."

Despite the serious interest from schools, Tarczewski doesn't appear to be a in a rush to make a college choice.

"I don't think there's too much of a list yet," he said. "I don't feel like theirs a time constraint or any pressure to make a decision."


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