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Reports: Arizona’s Kaleb Tarczewski to return to school

Kaleb Tarczewski, Jakob Poeltl

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Arizona center Kaleb Tarczewski is returning to school for his senior season, according to multiple reports.

He was a projected second round pick.

Tarczewski is coming off of a season where he averaged 9.3 points, 5.2 boards and 0.6 blocks despite being a 7-foot center and former top ten prospect coming out of high school.
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Tarczewski’s production has plateaued in the last two years. He’s got the prototypical size and strength of an NBA center, but he doesn’t have great back-to-the-basket moves and he’s limited going to his left hand. He’s also struggled to consistently rebound the ball and block shots at the college level, meaning that he is neither an elite offensive player or an elite defensive presence at the college level.

Neither of those things are promising for his NBA career.

His return does add some depth to the Arizona front court, as Tarczewski will likely reclaim his starting spot. Behind him will be Dusan Ristic, with Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson and freshman Chance Comanche sliding in at the four.