Jayhawks host 5-star big man

Head Coach Bill Self and his staff at the University of Kansas identified Kaleb Tarczewski as one of their top targets in the Class of 2012 early on, and have never let their foot off the gas in his recruitment. That diligence has paid off, as the 7-foot center from Southborough (MA) St. Mark's School kicks off a trio of June visits with a return trip to Lawrence, Kan. this week.

With a veritable bounty of scholarships with which to recruit, Head Coach Bill Self and his staff at the University of Kansas have targeted some of the most talented big men in the Class of 2012.

One of the most talented among that group is Southborough (MA) St. Mark's School center Kaleb Tarczewski. The Jayhawks were in on the ground floor with the legit seven-footer, and that diligence has paid off.

Tarczewski visited the Lawrence, Kan. campus twice last summer - once while his team was in town for the Jayhawk Invitational tournament, and again for the program's Elite Camp - before taking another unofficial during the season to catch a game at Allen Fieldhouse.

Now, the five-star prospect is in town once more, arriving Thursday for the first of three unofficial visits on his personal calendar in the month of June. After spending Thursday and Friday in Lawrence, Tarczewski will head to Houston for the latest Adidas Nations event.

From there, he'll travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. where he'll spend June 13 and 14 visiting the Tar Heels, before wrapping things up June 20 and 21 with the Arizona Wildcats in Tucscon.

According to his AAU coach, former Boston Celtics head coach John Carroll, Tarczewski could make a decision in August.

Of the Jayhawks and their recruitment of one of his star talents, Carroll had this to say:

"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."

Check back with Phog.net early next week for an update on Tarczewski's visit to Kansas.

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