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
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
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
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
"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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