Boston High School: Kaleb Tarczewski

Locals playing in Jordan Brand Classic

April, 13, 2012
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A total of five players either from the New England region or playing at a New England school will be participating in tomorrow night's Jordan Brand Classic high school all-star game, in Charlotte, N.C. ESPN's Paul Biancardi breaks down players to watch for the game, and mentions several locals, today on ESPN's Basketball Recruiting section:



Kris Dunn (New London, Conn./New London)
PG, 6-3, 180 pounds
College: Providence
He possesses the blow-by speed and quickness with the basketball that's necessary to score at the highest level. Dunn is a high-level athlete who can change directions on a dime in the open floor, break the ankles of a defender with a crossover, get into the lane at will and finish drives at the rim. Once he adds a jump shot, he will be special.

Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton School)
C, 6-10, 215 pounds
College: Kentucky
He has established himself as the best shot-blocker in high school and emerged as the top player in the nation without ever worrying about his numbers on the offensive end. The future Wildcat can score the ball inside by using a jump hook or driving from the foul line, but his real value comes from protecting the rim.

Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's)
C, 7-0, 240 pounds
College: Arizona
It's rare to find a big man, like Tarczewski, who is willing to run the floor and has good hands. He works hard to gain deep, low-post position whenever possible, understands the value of screening to free up his teammates and goes after missed shots on both ends. Tarczewski continues to work hard on improving his game and it shows.

Steven Adams (New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep)
C, 6-10, 235 pounds
College: Pittsburgh
Adams is the most physically-imposing player in the game thanks to his unique combination of strength and athleticism. He will attack the rim and score with his excellent mobility, huge hands and soft touch inside 15 feet. Defensively, he is very difficult to score over and Noel has said he is the hardest guy he's ever tried to score on.


Noel, Tarczewski, McGary named to Team USA

March, 6, 2012
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USA Basketball today named the roster for the 2012 USA Junior National Select Team, which will take on the World Select Team in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit, April 7 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

The Nike Hoop Summit is the country's premier annual basketball game for high-school boys and features America's top seniors playing against a World Team comprised of international players who are 19-years-old or younger.

Everett native and Tilton (N.H.) senior Nerlens Noel, the nation's No. 1 overall player, was named to the team, as was St. Mark's 7-foot center and Claremont, N.H. native Kaleb Tarczewski. Brewster Academy (N.H.) big man Mitch McGary, an Indiana native, was also named to the team.

The three will be joined by Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony H.S./North Bergen, N.J.); Archie Goodwin (Sylvan Hills H.S./Little Rock, Ark.); Gary Harris (Hamilton Southeastern H.S./Fishers, Ind.); Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Marcus Paige (Linn-Mar H.S./Marion, Iowa); Tony Parker (Miller Grove H.S./Lithonia, Ga.); and Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, Texas).

NEPSAC: St. Mark's 59, Tilton (N.H.) 53

March, 4, 2012
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BEVERLY, Mass. -- Nik Stauskas wrapped his arms around Eli Lubick, as his St. Mark's teammate approached the free throw line to shoot the game-clinching free throws.

It was poetic in a way: the son of St. Mark’s coach David Lubick had the opportunity to put an exclamation point on the season and secure the NEPSAC Class AA Championship that had eluded this senior class the last two seasons.

His older brother Nate, now a starting forward at Georgetown, watched in the right corner, hoping his brother would have the opportunity to feel the championship feeling he had when he won the same title at St. Mark’s years ago.

Eli hit them both. The clock hit zero, and the whole team rejoiced at center court, celebrating the Lions’ 59-53 victory over the Tilton Rams. It was an unknown feeling for Tilton, which had previously won four straight NEPSAC championships -- three straight Class B titles from 2008-10, and last year's Class AA title against these same Lions.

“This is so crazy for us, because after last year’s loss to them, for like, a year exactly to this day, we’ve been thinking about this rematch against Tilton,” said Stauskas, who finished with 19 points and has signed with Michigan for next season. “There’s no better feeling in the world than just working hard and achieving your goals.”

St. Mark’s (26-1) jumped out to an early lead behind the shooting of players like Jaymie Spears (eight points, four steals), Aaron Falzon (eight points, five rebounds), and Lubick (12 points).

While Stauskas and Arizona-bound 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski get their share of publicity, and rightfully so, it was the contributions of the players around them that allowed them to end their high school careers on such a high note.

“Those are all big-time players,” said Stauskas. “A guy like Jaymie has been working so hard this year and really stepped up big for us today. Eric Green (four points, five rebounds) stepped up big, Aaron is only a freshman so he’s definitely going to have some big years ahead of him.”

As the crowd thinned outside the Endicott College gymnasium, players trickled out of the locker room and into the lobby to board their respective buses back to their campuses. The Tilton (27-5) players were gone just moments after Lubick entered the St. Mark’s locker room.

Months from now, the St. Mark’s starting five will be at different colleges around the country beginning a new chapter in their lives. Who knows where their basketball careers will take them. No matter, they will always be able to look back and know they went out a champion.

Neutralizing Nerlens: St. Mark’s accomplished what so many teams want to do when playing Tilton: keeping the ball away from Nerlens Noel on offense. The nation's No. 1 overall senior can single-handedly change a game with his defense. St. Mark’s has it’s own big man in Kaleb Tarczewski, the No. 5 overall player in the Class of 2012.

When looking at the scorebook and seeing Tarczewski’s eight points and nine rebounds, one can think it was because Noel neutralized him. It had more to do with Lubick’s decision to play his offense out on the perimeter.

The team took advantage, hitting 10 three-pointers. Twelve of Stauskas’ 19 points came from behind the 3-point line.

“We know Nerlens and Goodluck (Okonoboh) are big-time shot blockers,” he said. “Our main goal today was to get a lot of drive-and-kicks for threes. We have a lot of guys that can shoot the ball. Our real key was to get into the key as far as we could and kick it right back out for open three’s.”

Noel’s shot-blocking is so feared that in one possession in the first half, Eric Green caught an outlet pass and saw Noel separating him from the basket. Rather than going at the 6-foot-11 center and risk getting his shot blocked, Green circled back to the perimeter and waited for his teammates to set up the offense.

“We wanted to not challenge them at their strength, which is the rim,” said David Lubick. “We thought if Kaleb could challenge Nerlens and get into his body and get him into foul trouble, that’s great. He used a couple of nice up-fakes and stuff like that, but we didn’t want the rest of our guys attacking the basket. Even an athletic guy like Eric Green or Nik Stauskas who can attack the basket, we didn’t want them to do it because we were afraid we’d get our shots blocked, then they’d go off to the races the other way.”

“Our focus was on making plays on the perimeter and getting into the paint in order to find somebody,” he added. “Consequently, they had to take Goodluck out of the game and adjust to us. If we had gotten behind, they wouldn’t have had to do that. Our guys doing what the gameplan dictated allowed us to dictate the terms on personnel.”

Loss of Selden hurt: Tilton appeared to struggle at times without its starting point guard Wayne Selden. The Boston resident and one of the nation's top sophomore players in the country, has been sidelined for weeks with an ankle injury. He had no choice but to watch the game from the bench in street clothes holding crutches.

“Him playing definitely makes a big difference for them,” said Stauskas. “We wish he could have played because it’s obviously not the same without him, but injuries happen. You just have to deal with them, so it is what it is. He’s probably one of the guys that creates most off the dribble for them, so he’s definitely a huge difference-maker.

"Georges Niang played a huge game for them (19 points, six rebounds) so he definitely stepped up. Everyone else was doing their normal job. They’re a heck of a team, so we feel blessed just to beat them.”

Warm surprise: Lubick received a nice surprise just moments before tipoff. As he was standing on the sideline during team warmups, he turned around and was noticeably taken aback when he saw his son Nate, a sophomore at Georgetown, standing their to greet him.

He was not expecting him to be there, since he had played against Marquette the previous night, but he flew up to surprise his dad and cheer him on during the important game.

“That was a huge surprise for me,” he said. “I was a little steamed and perturbed that my wife didn’t show up early and on time. I was thinking, ‘Where is she?’ We’ve been through this together for a long time, and then I figured out why she was late: she was picking up Nate. It was great, just unbelievable.”

Jordan Brand Classic rosters announced

February, 2, 2012
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Rosters for the All-American Game of the 11th Annual Jordan Brand Classic were announced this morning, and among the nation's premier high school athletes on the roster are three native New Englanders -- St. Mark's center and Claremont, N.H. native Kaleb Tarczewski, South Kent (Conn.) swingman and Providence native Ricardo Ledo, and New London (Conn.) point guard Kris Dunn.

The game, annually comprised of the nation's top high school seniors and fifth-year players, will take place on April 14 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. It's a triple-header that will begin with the International Game at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Regional Game at 4:30 p.m., and the All-American Game at 7 p.m. The International and regional rosters will be announced at a later date.

ESPN will be carrying coverage of the Classic throughout the day.

Here are the full rosters for the East and West teams for the event:

EAST TEAM

Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
Kyle Anderson PF 6-8 210 St. Anthony H.S. (Jersey City, NJ) UCLA
Kris Dunn PG 6-3 180 New London H.S. (New London, CT) Providence
Jerami Grant WF 6-7 200 DeMatha Catholic H.S. (Hyattsville, MD) Syracuse
Gary Harris WG 6-4 195 Hamilton Southeastern H.S. (Fishers, IN) Michigan State
Brice Johnson PF 6-9 210 Edisto H.S. (Cordova, SC) North Carolina
Ricardo Ledo WG 6-6 180 South Kent School (South Kent, CT) Providence
Tony Parker C 6-9 270 Miller Grove H.S. (Lithonia, GA) Undecided
Rodney Purvis PG 6-4 190 Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, NC) N.C. State
Kaleb Tarczweski C 7-0 240 St. Mark’s School (Southborough, MA) Arizona
J.P. Tokoto WF 6-6 195 Menomonee Falls H.S. (Milwaukee, WI) North Carolina

WEST TEAM

Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
Brandon Ashley PF 6-8 215 Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) Arizona
Isaiah Austin C 7-0 210 Grace Prep (Arlington, TX) Baylor
Anthony Bennett PF 6-8 230 Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) Undecided
Archie Goodwin WG 6-5 181 Sylvan Hills H.S. (Little Rock, AR) Kentucky
Danuel House WF 6-6 185 Hightower H.S. (Houston, TX) Houston
Grant Jerrett WF 6-10 220 La Verne Lutheran H.S. (La Verne, CA) Arizona
Shabazz Muhammad WF 6-6 215 Bishop Gorman H.S. (Las Vegas, NV) Undecided
Marcus Paige PG 6-1 160 Linn-Mar H.S. (Marion, IA) North Carolina
Alex Poythress WF 6-7 215 Northeast H.S. (Clarksville, TN) Kentucky
Rasheed Sulaimon WG 6-3 175 Strake Jesuit College Prep (Houston, TX) Duke

ESPNU 100 rankings updated

January, 24, 2012
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ESPN's basketball recruiting section has updated the ESPNU 100 rankings for the Class of 2012 today, and there is some significant shakeup involving local players.

Most significant of them all might be Brewster Academy (N.H.) big man Mitch McGary, who fell from No. 2 overall in the country down to No. 21. The Chesterton, Ind. native signed with Michigan last November.

ESPN's Dave Telep explains the drop:


Michigan signee Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy (N.H.)) dipped from No. 2 to No. 21 overall. Why? When a player is ranked that high, it's entirely up to him to stay there. Our vision with his ranking is to reset expectations so that they are reasonable once he arrives at Michigan. We loved his energy and motor in the past, but it's up to McGary to find his comfort zone and return to the level he played at last spring.




In other movement, St. Mark's big man Kaleb Tarczewski cracks the top five, moving up to No. 4, while Notre Dame Prep's New Zealand-bred big man Steven Adams enters the list at No. 5 overall after making his American debut two weekends ago.

New London (Conn.) point guard and Providence signee Kris Dunn moves up to No. 23 overall, six spots better than his previous ranking.

King Philip's Maryland-bound star Jake Layman falls eight spots to No. 61, while Tilton (N.H.) big man and Iowa State signee Georges Niang makes the biggest leap, up 15 spots to No. 68.

St. Mark's Canadian import Nik Stauskas rounds out the locals at No. 78, up five spots.

You can view the entire list here. The locals on the list are copied below:



4. Kaleb Tarczewski, 7-0 C, Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's (Mass.)
5. Steven Adams, 6-10 PF, New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)
18. Ricardo Ledo, 6-6 SG, Providence, R.I./South Kent (Conn.)
21. Mitch McGary, 6-10 PF, Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
23. Kris Dunn, 6-3 PG, New London, Conn./New London HS
28. T.J. Warren, 6-7 SF, Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
61. Jake Layman, 6-8 SF, Wrentham, Mass./King Philip HS
68. Georges Niang, 6-7 PF, Methuen, Mass./Tilton (N.H.)
78. Nik Stauskas, 6-6 SF, Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's (Mass.)


X's and O's: St. Mark's Kaleb Tarczewski

January, 19, 2012
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Few elite players in the nation have had to wait their turn for the spotlight like St. Mark's senior center Kaleb Tarczewski. The New Hampshire-bred 7-footer has played alongside the likes of the Murphy brothers (Erik and Alex), Nate Lubick, and Melsahn Basabe. Obviously, the Arizona-bound big man has not flown under the radar, as ESPNU currently ranks him as the No. 6 overall prospect in the class of 2012.

This past weekend at the HoopHall Classic, at Springfield College's Blake Arena, Tarczewski showed off a much-improved all-around game against Friends Central from the Philadelphia area. Friends Central features another one of the top prospects in 2012 by the name of Amile Jefferson.

Here are some video clips and observations about Tarczewski's improvement:

Passing

Scouts love Tarczewski because he represents something that the game of basketball is lacking at the moment. He is a true center. He does not try to take outside shots or put the ball on the floor. Tarczewski focuses on scoring near the basket and protecting it on defense.

At the same time, Tarczewski has developed his court vision and passing skills nicely.



Obviously, players with Tarczewski’s size demand a lot of attention by the defense. Some will know how to handle it, and some will not. Tarczewski has mastered the art of drawing the defense and finding an open teammate. Out of all of these assists (or potential assists), the second-to-last clip is the most impressive. This one truly looked like Tarczewski was going to take it to the basket. In fact, if you look at his eyes, it is pretty unbelievable that he even saw Eli Lubick in the corner.

Having a big man with court vision is a valuable asset to any team, and this is a great sign for Tarczewski’s development.

Post Moves

In the past, some of Tarczewski’s critics said that his post moves looked a bit robotic and ineffective. That has certainly changed. Tarczewski looks a lot more comfortable with the ball in his hands and has developed great footwork in the post. Here are some of his nice moves from the game:



Each clip is self-explanatory: Tarczewski finds a way to get it done. He uses his big body and athleticism to his advantage. Even though he was the biggest player on the floor, his body control and touch around the rim for a 7-footer were impressive.

Defense

Tarczewski is not the defensive presence that you would think he is. At the same time, however, he is a smart defensive player. He rarely leaves his feet, because he knows that a player of his size should never really leave the floor. He only jumps if he knows he can block the shot.



In the first two clips, Tarczewski’s presence alone makes Friends Central turn the ball over. They were afraid to take it in, which made them make bad passes to players on the perimeter. In the third clip, Amile Jefferson actually scores on Tarczewski. This was good defense because he stayed on his feet and forced Jefferson to make a difficult hook shot. When you play against elite players, the only thing you can do defensively is make them take tough shots and Tarczewski did just that. In the last two clips, Tarczewski uses patience to block two shots in the lane.

Unforced Turnovers

While a 22-point performance against one of the nation's top prospects sounds perfect, no player ever has a perfect game. Tarczewski did have a few possessions where he did not take care of the ball. It is important for basketball players to take care of the ball, because every possession counts. You never know when a game will come down to one possession. A dropped ball could be the sole thing separating a team from a win versus a loss.

Here are three possessions where Tarczewski turns the ball over without the defender even touching him:



It was not a big deal in this game, because St. Mark's held a solid lead for most of the game. It is important, however, to keep track of the little things like valuing the ball.

Conclusion

Let's keep in mind Tarczewski was playing against a team with one player standing at 6-foot-9, and the rest of the team was 6-foot-5 or shorter. We cannot deem Tarczewski the next great true center in the game of basketball from this one performance.

What impressed us was his improvement. Tarczewski’s game has come a long way from where he was two years ago. If he keeps focusing on improving and keying in on the little things like taking care of the ball, Tarczewski will be in for a bright future in Tucson.

Local McDonald's All-American Nominees

January, 18, 2012
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Nominees for the McDonald's All-American Game were announced this morning. The Final Teams announcement for the prestigious high school basketball all-star game will be announced on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m., on ESPNU.

The boys and girls games will take place on March 28 at the United Center in Chicago, with the girls game at 7 p.m. and broadcast on ESPNU. The boys game will take place immediately after, at 9:30, and will be on ESPN.

One interesting omission to note is Andover senior guard Nicole Boudreau, a Boston College signee who is the state's defending Gatorade Player of the Year and ESPN Boston Miss Basketball. Boudreau has also been ranked in the ESPNU 100 for the Class of 2012.

Below are the nominees from the New England states:

MASSACHUSETTS
Lexi Sells, Bishop Feehan
Jake Layman, King Philip
Ricardo Ledo, Notre Dame Prep
Kaleb Tarczewski, St. Mark's
Nik Stauskas, St. Mark's

CONNECTICUT
Kris Dunn, New London
Ben Freeland, Suffied Academy
Timajh Parker-Rivera, St. Joseph
Erik Sanders, Suffield Academy
Mike Tobey, Hotchkiss
Bria Holmes, Hillhouse

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Zach Auguste, New Hampton
Mitch McGary, Brewster Academy
T.J. Warren, Brewster Academy
Georges Niang, Tilton

RHODE ISLAND
Amber Holgate, St. Andrew's
Thomas Garrick, St. Andrew's
Cedric Kuakumensah, St. Andrew's
Kalusha Ndoubme Ngollo, St. Andrew's
Tyler Sabino, St. Andrew's
Austin Van Bemmelin, North Providence
Rob Hazard, North Providence

MAINE
Darrick Wood, Bridgton Academy

VERMONT
Chad Copeland, Twinfield Union
Jaskin Melendez, Mount St. Joseph
Avery Whitcomb, Twinfield Union
Sara Illingworth, Hartford
Alexandra Jones, Poultney

Hoophall: ESPNU recaps the best performances

January, 17, 2012
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ESPN recruiting analysts Mike LaPlante and Adam Finkelstein recap the best performances from last weekend's Hoophall Classic, at Springfield College's Blake Arena. As usual, there was plenty local flavor among the highlights.

You can read the full article here on ESPN's basketball recruiting section. Below are some excerpts:



Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton)
2013, C, 6-10, 215 pounds
Noel came out intent to make his impact felt, and he did that and more. He was absolutely dominant on the defensive end, proving why he is one of the best shot-blockers we've seen in recent years, while showing an improved offensive repertoire with face-up ability and jump hooks over both shoulders. His only limitations were in regards to fouls, both converting a low percentage at the stripe and taking unnecessary chances when in foul trouble.

Aaron Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Brewster Academy)
2012, SG, 6-4, 195 pounds
College: Florida State
On a team full of stars, Thomas was an unlikely hero on Sunday as Brewster Academy scored an emotional win over Tilton. The future Seminole hit big shot after big shot, often from ranges beyond the NBA arc, and was consistently the guy to come up big for Brewster at the end of the shot clock. Defensively, he might have been even better, utilizing his length and lateral quickness to contain opposing scorers, while coming up with a key steal in the game's final possession before icing the outcome at the free throw line.

T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy)
2012, SF, 6-7, 215 pounds
College: North Carolina State
The brighter the lights, the better he seems to be. Warren is a pure scorer built in the mold of Glen Rice -- a highly-skilled, big wing who can rain shots from long range, put the ball on the floor to punish bad closeouts with an ability to create space in the midrange area or shoot over the top of contesting defenders with his high release.

Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's)
2012, C, 7-0, 240 pounds
College: Arizona
His efficiency was off the charts and his dominance was only limited by his number of touches. He's gotten much better at establishing deep low-post position within the flow of the offense and has developed his jump hook into a true weapon. He got countless dunks by sealing for scores and running in transition, and was equally impressive with his poise when passing out of the post.

NOTES

" Pitt signee Steven Adams (New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep) made his much-anticipated American debut this weekend but was a little worn down by the time he got to Springfield after a Saturday matchup with Nerlens Noel and Tilton. He has a ton of upside but needs to be allowed some time to get into game shape and develop familiarity with his new teammates.

" Jakarr Sampson (Akron, Ohio/Brewster Academy) is the type of athlete who can change the momentum of the game with a single play, whether it be an emphatic dunk or a big blocked shot, and he did that on more than one occasion Sunday.


Video: St. Mark's stars talk Hoophall

January, 15, 2012
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- St. Mark's stars Nik Stauskas and Kaleb Tarczewski spoke with ESPN Boston High Schools editor Brendan Hall following the Lions' 67-57 win over Friends Central (Pa.) at the Hoophall Classic.



Hoophall: Paul Biancardi's Players to Watch

January, 12, 2012
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The Hoophall Classic kicked off today with a hard-fought victory by ESPNBoston.com's No. 1 team in the MIAA, Central Catholic, over Springfield Cathedral. Over the next four days, some of the nation's best high school players will be squaring off on the campus of Springfield College, the birthplace of basketball.

We've got you covered all weekend, between ESPNBoston.com, ESPNHS and ESPNU's expert recruiting analysts. Today, ESPN's Paul Biancardi breaks down the top players to watch in this tournament. It's a loaded field that includes Las Vegas power Bishop Gorman and the nation's No. 1 overall player, Shabazz Muhammad, along with national powers like St. Anthony (N.J.), DeMatha Catholic (Md.), Simeon (Ill.), Oak Hill (Va.) and Findlay Prep (Nev.). But there is tons of local talent to watch, too.

You can read the full list here. Below are the locals Biancardi will be watching:



Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's)
Class: 2012 | ESPNU 100: 6 | C rank: 2
The Arizona signee is a legitimate 7-foot true center with excellent mobility, terrific hands and enormous upside. He scores the ball by finishing drop-off passes and off any clear paths to the rim, although he is starting to score on the block with a jump hook. Defensively, he's hard to score over and he changes and blocks a lot of shots.

Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy)
Class: 2012 | ESPNU 100: 2 | PF rank: 1
He is known for bringing a high motor and big-time energy to the game. The future Michigan Wolverine's intensity is infectious and his teammates feed off his energy. He runs the floor, outhustles his opponent, and scores off drop-off passes, high-post jumpers and low-post moves.

Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./The Tilton School)
Class: 2013 | ESPNU 60: 2 | C rank: 1
The junior is the nation's best shot-blocker. No one protects the rim better, whether he's guarding his own man or helping a teammate. If he doesn't block the shot he certainly will alter it and when it comes to the glass, he puts in an honest effort and grabs a good percentage. He is much improved offensively and can catch, sweep and drive from 15 feet and is a better passer than people give him credit for. Overall, he is one of the best NBA prospects in high school basketball.

Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton)
Class: 2014 | ESPNU 25: 6 | PF rank: 1
He has a strong frame (6-7, 215 pounds), huge hands and good footwork to finish through contact. He possesses supreme athletic ability and skill at such an early age. His upside is undeniable.

Steven Adams (New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep)
Class: 2012 | ESPNU 100: NR | C rank: NR
The debut of Adams for Notre Dame Prep is one of the biggest stories of the entire weekend. The true center has already signed with Pittsburgh and dominated the adidas Nations in August, including a dominant performance against Tarczewski. NBA scouts are already clamoring for him thanks to his size (6-10, 235 pounds), mobility and skill set. Plus, Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd said Adams is even more skilled than he expected.


Top performances from local ballers

January, 11, 2012
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Each week, ESPN's college basketball recruiting section spotlights top performances from players listed on the ESPNU 100 (Class of 2012), Super 60 (Class of 2013) and Terrific 25 (Class of 2014).

This week, that includes St. Mark's center Kaleb Tarczewski, New London (Conn.) point guard Kris Dunn, King Philip forward Jake Layman, and Northwest Catholic (Conn.) forward Kuran Iverson.

The complete list can be found here. Below are the locals' accomplishments:



CLASS OF 2012

No. 6 Kaleb Tarczewski, C
The Arizona-bound center scored 17 points as St. Mark knocked off St. Andrew’s 61-47 on Friday.

No. 29 Kris Dunn, PG
Dunn continued his torrid senior season with 29 points and seven rebounds as New London rolled by East Lyme, 74-44, on Friday. He didn’t slow down on Saturday, going for 32 points and 26 rebounds in a win over Saint Raphael Academy.

No. 53 Jake Layman, SF
Layman had 12 of his 18 points in the second half and added 13 rebounds and three blocks in a 55-37 win over North Attleboro on Friday. He exploded for a career-best 40 points in a 74-52 rout of Sharon on Tuesday.

CLASS OF 2013

No. 30 Kuran Iverson, SF
The junior had 16 points in a win over Southington on Thursday night. He went for 15 points in an 83-39 rout of Conard on Monday.




Brewster's McGary to announce decision today

November, 3, 2011
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Brewster Academy (N.H.) forward Mitch McGary will announce his college decision during ESPNU's Recruiting Nation today. The show airs at 5 p.m. ET.

The Chesterton, Ind. native is expected to decide between Duke, Florida and Michigan.

The program will also feature ESPN recruiting experts Paul Biancardi, Dave Telep and Reggie Rankin discussing the recent high profile commitments. Locally, that will include the pledges of St. Mark's center Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona), and Brewster forward T.J. Warren (N.C. State).

Biancardi weighs in on Tarcewski's commitment

November, 1, 2011
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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.


St. Mark's Tarczewski commits to Arizona

October, 31, 2011
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ESPN has confirmed that St. Mark's center Kaleb Tarczewski, the nation's No. 6 overall player in the Class of 2012, has verbally committed to the University of Arizona for the 2012-13 season.

"Everything just felt right at Arizona," Tarczewski told ESPN's Adam Finkelstein this afternoon. "From the coaches, to the current players, to the incoming recruits."

At the time of his commitment, Tarczewski was also heavily considering the University of Kansas, which he visited two weekends ago, and the two together were the heavy frontrunners for his services.

The 7-foot Claremont, N.H. native is the best available center in the Class of 2012, and has helped lead the Lions to three straight NEPSAC championship games, including the Class C title in 2009. Last March, the Lions lost to Tilton (N.H.) in the Class AA title game.

Finkelstein has more on the commitment here.

Tarczewski's latest evaluation from Scouts Inc. reads as follows:



Strengths:
Tarczewski is a true center with great size and tremendous upside. He runs the floor extremely well and has good mobility for a 7 footer. He has excellent hands and finishes drop off passes and clear paths above the rim. He has become an explosive and powerful finisher with both hands around the basket and his good hands allow him to catch tough passes and turn them into baskets. He has a good left shoulder hook with a high release and is gradually developing his right shoulder as well. He is a excellent area rebounder especially on the offensive end and is also a decent on ball shot blocker. Physically he is becoming more and more immovable in the paint as his frame continues to fill out. Tarczewski is also a big man who takes to coaching and has shown great improvement over the course of his career as a result.

Weaknesses:
While Tarczewski has gradually developed the jump hook into his go-to move, he needs to add dependable counters. His low post productivity is dependent on how deep he catches the ball so he needs both become more consistent carving out deep real estate and also become more effective from the mid-post area as a passer. Defensively, a player of his size and mobility should be able to improve his shot-blocking presence. Tarczewski also has a bit of a temper that can be both a blessing and a curse. When he harnesses it he is dominant, but when it gets the better of him he can get taken out of the game mentally.

Bottom Line:
There may not be another big man that has improved more in the last 18 months than Tarczewski. His body and low post skills have developed at a rapid rate and with no signs of that changing he is one of the top prospects in the class of 2012.




St. Mark's Tarczewski down to two schools

September, 13, 2011
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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.

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