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Biancardi weighs in on Tarcewski's commitment

11/1/2011

ESPN national basketball recruiting director Paul Biancardi has more on St. Mark's center Kaleb Tarczewski's commitment to Arizona, today on ESPN's Recruiting Nation blog.

You can read the full article here (Insider only), and it is excerpted below:

The thought of him playing with PF Brandon Ashley (Oakland, Calif./Findlay Prep), PF Grant Jerrett (La Verne, Calif./La Verne Lutheran) and Gabe York (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran) at Arizona is exciting for coach Sean Miller. The roster is full of talent and that’s exactly one of the reasons Tarczewski went there. He is a true center with the ability to score inside, rebound and protect the basket by making opponents try and score over him. Throughout his career, both in high school and at the AAU level, he has been the center of attention for every opposing team demanding double teams. Along with his dominating size and effort to gain deep post position, he has a soft scoring touch.

Having a roster full of talent at every position will open the floor for Tarczewski to be able develop offensively in a natural fashion over time. Every time he steps on the floor, he won't be the only threat to score, which will eliminate any thought of double teaming him early in his career. Plus, he has been so well schooled in passing out of the post when there are two men on him, it will be second nature for him to find an open man, if he ever is double teamed. And while Ashley and Jerret are also seen as bigs, they are at their best facing the basket. Ashley can score the ball with a drive from the high post or even the wing and he can also make an open jumper out to 19 feet. Right now he swings between the SF and PF position and his transition to playing as a big perimeter player will happen soon. Jerrett is 6-10, but is most comfortable and dangerous facing the basket knocking down jumpers behind the arc. That leaves Tarczewski as the only true incoming post player in this class.

While he is a true center, Tarczewski will be moving to different places on the court throughout the possession in Miller's offense. Miller loves having his center run in transition and beat the defense down the floor for an easy score and the 7-footer should thrive with this concept because he's an excellent runner. In the half-court set, he will be involved in multiple screening actions to get him away from the paint and then roll him back into the post for a touch. When he sets a ball screen he will be either rolling hard to the rim, popping to a short corner for a 12-foot jumper or setting another screen away from the ball to free a teammate. By surrounding himself with scorers and finishers he will have space to operate his own move or find his open teammate. Defensively, he will certainly be a barrier to the rim as he will keep his feet on the floor and build a wall to protect the basket. He can also get out and show on ball screens with his mobility and he hits the defensive glass religiously.

Another big reason he can play with a deep and talented roster is that Tarczewski is not in a hurry to leave. He is extremely coachable and wants to reach his potential, which is refreshing in a day and age where guys come into college with the thought of leaving and most times don’t improve.