One of Arizona's top goals during an exhibition trip to the Bahamas last weekend was for the Arizona Wildcats players to get to know each other.
For freshman center Kaleb Tarczewski, the goal was also to get to know his body.
After having just 220 pounds on his 7-foot frame a year ago, according to his recruiting bios on Scout and Rivals, Tarczewski said on a UA video that he gained 30 pounds since he arrived in Tucson early this summer.
The Wildcats list him at 230 pounds on their preseason prospectus, though basketball coaches and staffers have not been available for comment all summer.
Tarczewski said on UA's video from the Bahamas that he didn't play up to his expectations. While averaging 22.5 minutes over the Wildcats' two exhibition games in Nassau, Tarczewski averaged 8.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals though he did not block a shot and was 0 for 6 from the free-throw line.
"I need to learn to play with the added weight," Tarczewski said on the UA's video.
"I definitely need to get used to it, and playing with the guys. Obviously with the new guys, people do different things."
Parrom, Mayes active
Although Miller did not address Tarczewski on his final Bahamas video, he said he was pleased with the way senior wing Kevin Parrom and junior guard Jordin Mayes played after battling through injury problems last season.
Parrom shot 13 of 20 from the field and made 6 of 10 three-point attempts over the two games while averaging 18.5 points, five assists and 3.5 turnovers.
Mayes shot 4 for 10 overall and 3 for 5 from three-point range, while averaging 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 0.5 turnovers.
"They worked very hard this year and used this trip to get both feet on the ground," Miller said on UA's video. "It was great to see Kevin the way he shot the ball, and Jordin the way he moved. To me, he did a little bit of everything. It was great to see those guys take advantage of the trip."
Point guard Mark Lyons, the senior transfer from Xavier, also stood out statistically. He tied Parrom as the team's leading scorer over the two games, with 18 points against the Real Deal Shockers and 19 against the Bahamas All-Stars. Lyons made 13 of 19 field goal attempts (68.4percent) total and hit 8 of 12 three-point shots in the two games. He also had 2.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and only 0.5 turnovers per game.
Tree taking China tour
Former Arizona backup center Alex "Tree" Jacobson will leave next month on a three-week exhibition trip to China, playing with a team of other former U.S. college players.
The trip should give Jacobson a chance to better market himself professionally, after back problems worsened his college career. He averaged just under one point and one rebound in 68 games over four years at UA.
"It will be a good opportunity for Alex to get some experience," said Jacobson's agent, Steve Moeller. "He played most of his four years with a lot of pain in his back. Now he's playing pain-free. … This will be a chance to get some game film instead of just a collection of highlights."
Jabari Bird, a top-25 guard in the class of 2013 from Richmond, Calif., has cut Arizona from his list of finalists. He is scheduled to take final recruiting visits to California, Washington, Colorado and Oregon, according to Derrick Artis, Bird's coach on the Oakland Soldiers travel team.
However, another high-profile Soldiers player, top-10 forward Aaron Gordon of San Jose, is scheduled to visit Arizona this fall, Artis said. Gordon is also considering Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington.