Tarczewski Staying Grounded

Kaleb Tarczewski knows that it can be easy to get a little star-struck during the recruitment process.

When some of the most tradition-rich programs in all of Division One basketball are out to obtain your services, it would be hard not to get a little caught up in the moment.

That's why Tarczewski – one of the Class of 2012's fastest-rising prospects – is doing his best to keep his feet on the ground.

"Definitely, when I go to a big school I'm like 'Wow, this is really amazing,'" the 7-foot center said. "'I could picture myself going there.' But I think that's just being in awe and not really thinking it through. So I say everything is open right now."

The talented big-man currently holds offers from Indiana, Arizona, Boston College, Providence, Georgetown and Kansas, and he attributes the increased attention to a couple of factors.

Choosing to attend the St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass. has been key. Early on, when college coaches would stop by to see his high school and AAU teammate, and fellow elite 2012 prospect, Alex Murphy work-out, they started catching glimpses of Tarczewski as well.

Under the tutelage of Head Coach Dave Lubick and the St. Mark's coaching staff, he has also seen himself progress rapidly as a player – developing a go-to move offensively in the form of a hook shot, and learning to play to his physical potential.

"A year ago, when I would catch the ball everything would almost speed up a little bit," Tarczewski said. "I'm trying to slow everything down and be relaxed and in control when I get the ball, and be able to think. That's what basketball is about, being able to think and still play aggressively."

Two weeks ago, Tarczewski joined Murphy and the rest of his New England Playaz AAU teammates in Lawrence, Kan. for the annual Jayhawk Invitational. Despite only having seven players for the event, the team acquitted itself well in a field loaded with talent – falling to Las Vegas-squad Dream Vision in bracket play deep into the tournament's second day.

The following day, the team toured Allen Fieldhouse and some of the basketball program's new facilities. The short unofficial visit gave Murphy and Tarczewski – both of whom are being recruited by the Jayhawks – the chance to speak with their lead recruiter, assistant coach Joe Dooley.

The visit went well, Tarczewski said, as he came away impressed by what the Jayhawks had to offer and by Dooley, with whom he has started to build a relationship.

"Obviously, the first thing that came to my mind was Cole Aldrich," he said, when asked what stands out about the Kansas program. "And what they've really done to him and how they refined him as a player. I heard his situation was a lot like mine. So that's obviously really nice, and going to their campus it was wonderful. It's big-time basketball."

Tarczewski has been invited to Head Coach Bill Self's KU Elite Camp, but is unsure if he will be able to attend due to a prior conflict.

Here's Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels' take on the rising sophomore:

"Really liked what I saw out of him last weekend at the Jayhawk Invitational.  He runs the floor well, showed a nice set of hands and finished through contact.  He's a long ways away from a finished product, but he's making the necessary strides to get there."

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