7-foot center Kaleb Tarczewski, Rivals.com's 20th-ranked prospect in the Class of 2012, announced that he had chosen Arizona over Kansas. The Massachusetts native is the fourth consensus top 5o prospect in the Wildcats' 2012 class, joining guard Gabe York and forwards Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett.
Add that foursome to an Arizona rotation that potentially could only loses seniors Kyle Fogg and Jesse Perry, and it's easy to see why the Wildcats have the look of a national title contender entering the 2012-13 season.
On the perimeter, the Wildcats could start sophomores-to-be Josiah Turner and Nick Johnson with either veterans Solomon Hill or Kevin Parrom at small forward and York and point guard Jordin Mayes coming off the bench. And in the frontcourt, Tarczewski, Ashley and Jerrett would compete for playing time with sophomores-to-be Angelo Chol and Sidiki Johnson, with Hill being able to provide minutes at power forward as well.
Tarczewski's commitment to Arizona concludes a banner recruiting day for the steadily improving Pac-12. Stanford boosted an already promising 2012 class by landing versatile top 100 forward Rosco Allen and Oregon bolstered its weakest position when it received a pledge from elite point guard and former UCLA commit Dominic Artis.
Allen, a 6-foot-9 forward with perimeter skills, joins center Grant Verhoeven of Visalia, Calif., and sweet-shooting guard Christian Sanders of Houston. Between that trio, 2011 top point guard recruit Chasson Randle and last season's deep, talented freshman class, Johnny Dawkins has Stanford primed for a big leap by the 2012-13 season.
The commitment of Artis is a coup for Oregon coach Dana Altman, who has quickly rebuilt the Ducks into an upper-division Pac-12 team with a mixture of talented freshmen and transfers. Artis, who decommitted from UCLA when the Bruins landed 6-foot-8 Kyle Anderson, is a consensus top 10 point guard in the class of 2012.