Coaching elite on hand in Massachusetts

While out traversing the country on the recruiting trail, coaches tend to follow the talent – which may explain why the gym at the St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass. was packed to the rafters last weekend with some of the biggest names in the game.

Kansas' Bill Self, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Villanova's Jay Wright, Stanford's Johnny Dawkins, Michigan's John Beilein, Boston College's Steve Donahue and Georgetown's John Thompson III – along with a number of assistant coaches – were all on hand to see 2012 prospects Alex Murphy and Kaleb Tarczewski.

Teammates at St. Mark's as well as during the AAU season as members of the New England Playaz club, the two junior standouts rank among the elite in the country for the class, as evidenced by their high-profile audience.

"It would be easier to tell you probably who wasn't there," joked St. Mark's head coach Dave Lubick.

The Jayhawks have been perhaps the most consistent coaching staff in the recruitment of his two stars, Lubick noted. Murphy, a 6-foot-7 small forward, and Tarczewski, a 7-foot center, are intriguing prospects for a number of reasons.

Murphy not only possesses elite size for the position, but high-level athleticism and an astonishingly complete skillset. And though Tarczewski is only just beginning to come into his own – the 7-footer made huge strides this summer – it's impossible to teach his size and athleticism.

Neither prospect has begun to narrow down the number of schools under consideration, but Lubick expects it to happen in the near future.

"I think it will be coming pretty soon when both boys will issue some kind of a list," he said. "It's crazy that they're only juniors but it gets pretty overwhelming."

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