Options, so many options, for Tarczewski

19 Jun

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Kaleb Tarczewski has options. Great options, actually.

Should he go to Arizona, Kansas or North Carolina? Few players in the country have options like that. The 7-footer from St. Mark’s (Mass.) is in the middle of a visit tour and trying to figure out which of the three storied programs will be his college home.

Tarczewski is leaving Portland on Monday from the Rose City Showcase to make a trip to Arizona to see the Pac-12 school for the first time. He visited North Carolina earlier in the week and has visited Kansas twice already.

“It’s really an honor to be in this position. Just a few years ago, I barely even played basketball so I’m honored. (Picking between the three prestigious programs) hasn’t set in too much,” he said.

His attention is shifting to Arizona this week. The Wildcats welcome him on Monday for an unofficial visit.

“Coach (Sean) Miller is a great guy. I really like how he does things. He came to the school this year and I liked his energy. He’s really energetic and you get the feeling it is a place where you want to be. He’s a really good guy. So that is what really draws me there,” Tarczewski said.

“I really don’t much about them. I watched them in the tournament this year and the way they developed Derrick Williams is impressive. He’s a great player. I can see myself fitting in there. I heard the campus is great so I’m really looking forward to getting down there and spending a few days with my family.”

He visited North Carolina earlier in the week and enjoyed his time in Chapel Hill.

“Coach (Roy Williams) is great there. He is such a nice guy, really down to earth. He doesn’t tell you what you want to hear. He tells you the truth. That’s really important,” Tarczewski said. “It is a great campus, a beautiful campus. They have really high level players on and off the court there. It’s really a good place.”

Kansas is sitting pretty with the top 20 nationally rated prospect. He has been to Lawrence twice and has formed a good bond with the staff.

“I really like the coaching staff there. Bill Self is a great guy and coach (Danny) Manning is one of my favorite coaches there along with coach (Joe) Dooley. Coach Manning brings so much to every post player that goes there. He refines their game and makes them players into what they should be. For me, as a big man, that’s really important to me. I think he can really help me out.

“I really like it out there. It’s kind of like a small town. It’s kind of like New Hampshire. I really like it. There’s a lot to like. I went to Kansas-Kansas State game. The atmosphere is just amazing. I really liked it.”

With three great options, what will be the difference maker between them? Easy, he says.

“All of them are pretty far from home and I’m really close to my family so whichever one that makes me feel the most at home and with my family is where I’m going to go,” Tarczewski said.

“I probably won’t do it before July. I’d like to get it done sooner than later. I really, really want to take my time and make the right decision. There is not really a time table.”

The big man is getting ready for a busy July. He’ll be back on the hardwood after resting a sprained ankle he suffered at the adidas Nations event earlier this month. He was with his New England Playaz team instead of participating in the NBA Top 100 camp.

“July is a month for me to get better,” Tarczewski said. “I don’t think I’m really ready right now for the college game. I have to use July to get better and get my game ready for college. I have a chance to get better at the things to get ready for.”

There are three coaches that are patiently waiting to find out if Tarczewski will be joining their respective team in a year’s time.

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