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Arizona basketball: Highly touted center makes unofficial visit

Arizona basketball: Highly touted center makes unofficial visit

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The Arizona Wildcats' summertime recruiting picked up steam early Monday, when the Wildcats hosted top-15 big man Kaleb Tarczewski for an unofficial visit.

Tarczewski, a 7-foot and 220-pound center from St. Mark's School of Massachusetts, detoured through Tucson on his way back from the weekend's Rose City Showcase in Portland, Ore.

Although Tarczewski's travel-team coach, John Carroll, declined to comment on his recruitment Monday, Tarczewski is still reportedly considering a number of elite schools, with Kansas and North Carolina among the top choices.

The National Hoops Report blog, operated by recruiting analyst Justin Young, said Tarczewski visited North Carolina last week and has already visited Kansas twice but is also interested in Arizona.

Tarczewski told the blog that UA coach Sean Miller visited St. Mark's this past year.

Miller "is a great guy," Tarczewski told National Hoops Report.

"I really like how he does things. 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."

Arizona already has one commitment for the class of 2012, from forward Grant Jerrett of La Verne (Calif.), but has several more spots to fill.

Although it is now a "quiet" recruiting period - during which off-campus contact is forbidden - the Wildcats coaching staff will be able to hit the road for recruiting evaluation next month, July 6-15 and July 22-31, and off-campus contact will be permitted in September.

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