CHARLOTTESVILLE – One of the big men garnering attention in the class of 2012 is St. Marks Kaleb Tarczewski who is looking like a true post player. By that, I mean he is penciled in by most as a center. Tarczewski first caught my eye in Orlando during last season AAU Nationals where he scored 28 point in a game where my intent was to watch Alex Murphy for the first time. Since that time, it was clear to me that he had a great deal of potential and one thing for certain is that you cannot teach height. I saw Tarczewski again during the Tournament of Champions and it was clear that he has a lot of potential if he continues to work hard. Coming from a solid AAU program and having good high school coaching will certainly aid the process and it’s no longer a secret that he is being sought after by the likes of Kansas and Duke. Having talked with Tarczewski a couple of times prior to this past weekend, he is comfortable with me which is evident in the following in depth interview.
Kaleb, you’re of course in the class of 2012 and play with another Duke prospect in Alex Murphy in AAU ball and at St. Marks as well. We’re here at the NBAPA Top 100 Camp and I’d like to know what it’s like to play in a structured camp like this?
I was kind of nervous on the plane ride down here and this is one of the biggest events I’ve been to and it obviously has some of the best player in the country. Being younger than everyone is kind of nerve racking but I’ve calmed down a little bit and just want to play some good basketball.
You just had a pretty good game and went up against Isaiah Austin and Tyler Adams. What was it like playing against them?
I’ve played against Austin before in an AAU game so I knew how he would play. You’ve just got to go out there and work harder than your opponent and you’ll be fine.
Each time I’ve seen you progress is evident and I like that you don’t back down inside. Is that just inherit to you or your nature so to speak?
Yeah, I mean I love fighting on the block and that’s what I do and I know that’s what I need to do to be successful and I’m willing to do that.
The last time I saw you was at the Tournament of Champions Event. What have you been doing since that time?
I went to the
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