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
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
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