Kaleb Tarczewski was rated as high as any player in the history of the program. ESPN pinned him as the fourth-best player in a very highly regarded class. Expectations for Zeus have been very high to say the least.
His performance on the court has been less than satisfying. He is averaging on six points a game, 5.4 rebounds, and less than a full block.This just isn't what was expected.
For some perspective, there were three centers ranked near Tarczewski coming out of high school. Nerlen Noel, the top ranked player in 2012, is averaging 10.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 4.4 blocks per game, 2.1 steals and 1.6 assists.
Isaiah Austin, who was ranked third, is averaging 13.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg, and 1.4 blocks. Steven Adams, who was ranked sixth, is averaging 7 points a game, 6.5 boards, and two blocks. Tarczewski just doesn't stack up.
Additionally, he isn't getting better. Since a streak of three straight double figure performances, Zeus has averaged 5.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and nearly two turnovers. His hands continue to be an issue and he looks like is light years away from settling into the college game.
Maybe expectations were impossibly high for Tarczewski this season. Maybe he isn't the player all the rankings said he would be, but that doesn't change the fact he has been a serious disappointment. He receives a failing grade.