No. 35 Kaleb Tarczewski
Weight: 250 pounds
Hometown: Claremont, N.H.
High School: St. Mark’s School (Mass.)
6.6 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game, 0.7 blocks per game, 53.8 field goal percentage
With the departure of forwards Solomon Hill, Grant Jerrett and Kevin Parrom, the Arizona Wildcats will look to sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski to step up in the frontcourt 2013-2014.
Tarczewski – along with the rest of the freshmen class – failed to live up to big expectations last season after being ranked as the 9th-best recruit in the Class of 2012. In roughly 22 minutes per game, he shot 63.3% from the foul line and averaged a little under seven points per game, in addition to turning the ball over 1.5 times. He also fouled out six times.
These numbers will need to better if the Wildcats want to replace the production lost with the departures of Hill, Jerrett, Parrom and Mark Lyons.
The Arizona Wildcats as a unit need to get better on defense, as they ranked 32nd in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency last year. That will likely begin with Tarczewski, who will be looked at to establish a presence in the paint to accompany a strong defensive perimeter. If the Wildcats are able to contest shots and grab rebounds, they might end up as one of the better defensive teams in the country.
A productive Tarczewski might be the difference between Arizona being a good team or a memorable team. He’ll need to step up in 2013-2014 if the Wildcats want to make it to the Final Four in Arlington, Texas.