St. Mark's Tarczewski down to two schools

ESPN's Adam Finkelstein reports today on his recruiting blog that highly-touted St. Mark's center Kaleb Tarczewski has narrowed it down to two schools, Kansas and Arizona.

The 7-foot Claremont, N.H. native, who is currently ranked the No. 6 overall player in the Class of 2012, will take official visits to both schools over the next two weekends.

Finkelstein weighs in on both schools' chances:

Kansas has been the perceived front-runner from pretty much Day 1. Self and his staff did their due diligence and were on the big man long before he was the dominant physical presence he is today. Tarczewski has been on Kansas' campus three separate occasions and Self was at St. Mark's campus to visit him first thing Friday morning at the start of the contact period.

The Jayhawks have been so zeroed in on the St. Mark's center that they've passed on earlier opportunities to land other top big men in the Class of 2012. Now they're at a bit of a crossroads because a commitment from Tarczewski would solidify them in the middle for years to come, while losing him at the 11th hour would put them behind the eight ball for the second consecutive year.

Conversely, Arizona doesn't have the longevity with Tarczewski that Kansas does but has been making a major push in recent months. The Wildcats have already assembled the nation's top ranked recruiting class to date with PF Grant Jerrett (La Verne, Calif./La Verne Lutheran), PF Brandon Ashley (Oakland, Calif./Findlay Prep) and SG Gabe York (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran), and while Self was at St. Mark's on Friday morning, Miller was on the West Coast checking in on his current commitments.

With a decision now put off for at least another two weeks, the fact that the timeline continues to get pushed back is a good indication that Tarczewski's decision could still go either way. The only thing that is certain is that the choice will hold significant weight, not just for Kansas and Arizona, but for the numerous other programs that will feel the ripple effects of another big man coming off the board.

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school basketball talent, be sure to check out Finkelstein's ESPN blog as well as his New England Recruiting Report.