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Arizona basketball: Kaleb Tarczewski joins Sixers for Utah Summer League

No, he will not be teammates with T.J. McConnell

NCAA Basketball: Washington State at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

From Honor the Process to Trust the Process.

Former Arizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski will play for the Philadelphia 76ers in Utah Summer League, it was announced Saturday.

Here is the Sixers’ entire Utah Summer League roster (no, T.J. McConnell is not on it):

The Sixers’ first game is against Kadeem Allen and the Boston Celtics on Monday, July 3 at 4 p.m. PST. It will be played in a familiar venue — the Jon M. Huntsman Center at the University of Utah.

After going undrafted last summer, Tarczewski played for the Detroit Pistons in Orlando Summer League then the Washington Wizards in Las Vegas Summer League.

He earned a training camp invite with the Oklahoma City Thunder and appeared in two preseason games before being waived.

He stuck around in OKC, though, signing with the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder’s D-League affiliate.

The 7-footer appeared in 43 games with the Blue, averaging 9.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in 25.5 minutes.

Tarczewski left the team in March to sign with EA7 Emporio Armani Milano of the Italian LBA.

There, he appeared in 15 games (started in 12), averaging 6.7 points and 5.1 rebounds on 58.3 percent shooting.

Tarczewski was a four-year starter at Arizona and won more games than any other player in program history, but some consider his career to be a disappointment.

Despite being a top-10 player in the 2012 recruiting class, Tarczewski averaged 8.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in his career at Arizona and never averaged more than 10 points or 10 rebounds in a season, despite his massive frame.

However, he was an integral part of Arizona’s defense — in 2013-14, Tarczewski anchored an Arizona defense that was the best in the country — and became the first UA basketball player to graduate from the Eller College of Management.

And whether or not he sticks in the NBA, he seems to be on track to have a successful pro career.


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