Kaleb Tarczewski will begin his senior year Friday at St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass., without a college choice officially declared yet.

That may or may not be a good sign for Arizona. But it's probably not a bad one.

Tarczewski, the highly regarded big man who is the Wildcats' top remaining 2012 recruiting target, has been long involved with Kansas. (In fact, there was even some buzz that he was going to decide in early August).

Because of that relationship with Kansas, a decision to play for the Jayhawks could have been made quickly, said former Celtics coach John Carroll, who coached Tarczewski with the New England Playaz over the summer.

But it wasn't. While Carroll said last month he expected Tarczewski would make a decision before school started, he said today it probably would be "within the next week or so."

However, Carroll said he did not expect Tarczewski would take any official visits or accept an in-home visit from the schools he is involved with.

"He said he doesn't want coaches to come in and waste their money and their time," Carroll said. "He already knows what he needs to know. I think he's already got a pretty good feel for what's going on."

Carroll said Tarczewski probably wanted to settle into school and speak with St. Mark's coach David Lubick before making his decision final.

"If he gets more confused and there's more turbulence, maybe (visits) are something to think about," Carroll said. "But now, it's kind of going deep inside himself more than (outside) pressure. I think this month he's had at home was a chance to get away from basketball but in the last week or two, he's been more focused on making a decision."


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