Tarczewski Talking KU

Just a few short weeks ago, it looked as if scheduling conflicts would keep Kaleb Tarczewski from attending Head Coach Bill Self's Elite Camp at the University of Kansas.

The metaphorical skies would clear, however, and on Friday the athletic 7-footer journeyed from the east coast to join a seriously talented group of prospects in Lawrence for the annual event.

One of the hottest prospects in the Class of 2012, Tarczewski relished the chance to spend time working closely with the members of the Kansas coaching staff – particularly assistant coach Danny Manning.

"Obviously he was a great player, and he's also a really, really good coach," he said, of Manning, the former Kansas and NBA star. "(Because of) all of the things that's he's done with Cole Aldrich and all of the other guys that have been here, it was really good to work out with him."

The camp format included position drills, individual workouts, and a great deal of scrimmaging both with and against the current Kansas team.

The chance to go up against top-notch big men like Marcus and Markieff Morris, Tarczewski said, was a great learning experience.

"They're great players, and playing with them was really interesting," he explained. "It kind of makes you have a feel for where you are and where you need to be."

Though it's still early in his recruitment, Tarczewski went into camp with an admittedly high opinion of the Kansas coaches and the program as a whole. His experience in Lawrence only enhanced that opinion, he said, and the staff made it clear they want him in crimson and blue.

"It's a combination of everything," Tarczewski said, when asked what he likes about Kansas. "I really felt a connection when I came here, and that's really important. When I was hanging out with the players and talking with the coaching staff, it seems like it's a family and that's what you need in a basketball program. That's what I'm looking for in a college."

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