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Recruit Kaleb Tarczewski says picking Arizona over KU came down to ‘gut feeling’

Kaleb Tarczewski is one of the top-ranked players in the class of 2012.

Kaleb Tarczewski is one of the top-ranked players in the class of 2012.

October 31, 2011, 2:08 p.m. Updated November 1, 2011, 12:00 a.m.


Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-foot, 220-pound senior center from St. Mark’s High School in Southborough, Mass., on Monday orally committed to play basketball at Arizona.

Tarczewski,’s No. 20-rated player nationally, chose the Wildcats over finalist Kansas University — the school that had recruited him the hardest and the longest. He also seriously considered North Carolina and Kentucky.

“It was a pretty tough decision,” Tarczewski told the Arizona Daily Star. “They (KU, U of A) were both great schools. Both had a great history, great coaching staffs, great present and great future. It really came down to a gut feeling. It doesn’t matter how long they’ve been recruiting you. It matters how you feel.”

KU has two commitments thus far in the Class of 2012 — No. 24-rated Perry Ellis of Wichita Heights and No. 144-Zach Peters of Prestonwood Christian High in Plano, Texas.

The Jayhawks are awaiting word from No. 56 Andrew White, a 6-6 small forward from Miller School in Chester, Va., who has visited KU, West Virginia, Louisville and Texas and might take an additional visit. KU is also pursuing No. 1 Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6 from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas.

The Jayhawks have been on the losing end of some high-profile recruiting battles the past couple years, including DeAndre Daniels (UConn), LeBryan Nash (Oklahoma State), Josiah Turner (Arizona), Angelo Chol (Arizona) and Marcus Smart (Okie State).

In other recruiting news Monday, Willie Cauley, a 7-foot center from Olathe Northwest, committed to Kentucky over Kansas State, Alabama and Florida.


Gregory Newman 6 years, 6 months ago

he lost him on that high/low offense and the strangle hold on the guards

BackFat 6 years, 6 months ago

Put that coffee down. Coffee is for closers.

KEITHMILES05 6 years, 6 months ago

KU was the first school in on him and that's been at least 2 years or more. How Self could allow him to get away is mind boggling and sad. HCBS needs to re-evaluate his entire system of recruiting and especially his assistants. This loss will hurt big time as KT was a foundation player for next year.

DRsmith 6 years, 6 months ago

You can go ahead and remove Bazz for the list. No way he choses KU.

DRsmith 6 years, 6 months ago

Puff, Puff, Pass. Get it together. Not only will KU not compete this year, they don't have the horses to compete next year either. Unless of course you mean the Big 10 title, which who cares, it is the Big 10. You have Baylor to compete with and that is it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

We'll no more in a couple of months, but it very well could be that he saw himself as primarily picking up back-up minutes to Withey in his freshman year, and he probably sees himself as a one-and-doner.

DRsmith 6 years, 6 months ago

Please tell me you seriously don't believe that right? Withey?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Coming out of high school, Withey was rated nearly as highly as this kid.

He hasn't lived up to that rating yet, but if he does, it certainly won't be the first time that it takes a kid a couple of years to establish himself.

The main point is that there is no way to know why a recruit chooses to go somewhere else. In a typical year, a school has about 4 scholarships to give. Not even Kentucky gets the top 4 every year, or even close. So not getting this kid is no reason for endless hand-wringing.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

And even if Tarczewski proves to be a real stud, Withey will be essentially a fifth year senior next year, and Tarc will still be just a freshman. With Self's teams, experience counts for as much as raw talent.

fancy80 6 years, 6 months ago

Yes...a gut feeling that his aau coach might be mad if he didn't pick AZ. I am disappointed, but don't want a kid that doesn't to be here, or would rather be somewhere else.

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