Sean Miller and Arizona lost their most talented player on Thursday night but received some good news on Friday.
Seven-foot center Kaleb Tarczewski told ESPN that he has decided to return to Tucson for his senior season unlike his former teammates Stanley Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley.
Tarczewski averaged 9.3 points per game, 5.2 rebounds and shot 57 percent from the field in 26 minutes per outing.
The Claremont, NH native is one of the best defensive big men in all of college basketball but still needs to work on his post moves and improve his jump shot.
According to ESPN, his legacy and development were the two main reasons for his return.
“When you take your pride out of it and look at what’s best for me, it wasn’t hard at all,” Tarczewski said. “I have an opportunity to be the winningest player here, get my degree and get another year or growth and development. It’s a no-brainer.
With Arizona losing four starters from last season’s Elite Eight squad, Tarczewski will provide experience and leadership while playing alongside returnee Dusan Ristic and Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson. The Wildcats are also bringing in a strong recruiting class that consists of 5-star shooting guard Allonzo Trier, 4-star small forward Ray Smith and 4-star point guard Justin Simon. They will also added junior college transfer, Kadeem Allen.
The Wildcats be in the mix for the Pac-12 title, along with California, Oregon, and Utah, but it may be more of a transitional year for Miller’s squad.
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