Kaleb Tarczewski has the size and the skill set to become one of the best, if the the best big man in Arizona history. But he is a long way from that point right now. Through 14 games, the seven footer has reached double figures in points only once, had more than one block only twice and although he has rebounded well, he has not dominated the glass game to game. Coming into the season as the fourth rated player in the country according to ESPN, a neutral observer would have to say this is somewhat disappointing.
With that said, there are reasons that Tarczewski's numbers are not all that stellar. He is playing on a team which does not do a great job of feeding the post. When Tarczewski has been in position, most times his teammates are unable to get him the ball where he needs it. Because his opportunities to create offensively are somewhat scarce, he seems rushed and nervous to make a play when he does get the ball. This will change over time.
Additionally, Arizona is full of players who can score and rebound. Tarczewski is sometimes the fourth and even fifth option on the court. This will of course reduce his measurables.
Tarczewski, although the stats say otherwise, does make a strong impact whenever he is in the game. Whereas last season an opponent would go inside and score on nearly every trip, this season, simply because Tarczewski is so big, scoring deep under the basket has meant real trouble. He is able to change the game without creating tons of stats.
In the end, because he was rated so highly coming out of high school, his stock for the season is down. However, as his career progresses, I suspect he will reach all expectations.