Seth Tarver won his first state championship this season with his Portland (Ore.) Jesuit team as a junior. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard has started his AAU season where he left off at the prep ranks. He's winning big titles and gaining the respect of recruiters along the way. Rivals.com sat down with the class of 2006 and recounted his junior campaign and he breaks down his favorite schools at the present time.
Playing for one of the top teams in the Pacific Northwest, Tarver helped Jesuit win their first state championship. Now on his last go round on the AAU circuit with the Portland Legends, Tarver is off to a good start. Just look what the team did at the Kingwood Classic.
"It's definitely a motivation because now we got to keep it up and show people that we really are that good," Tarver said of his team that claimed the tournament title over the weekend.
"It was very hard, real tough. No matter who we were playing because in the state tournament everyone is hyped up. It's a whole different level. Everyone is playing their best game. You have to have your best game to win it all."
Tarver said he's hearing from Arizona, Washington, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Oregon State the most right now.
His family is no strangers to Division I athletics. His brother Josh is a 2005 Oregon State signee. Zach is a sophomore-to-be is on the Beavers' football team. His father played for the New England Patriots back in the day. Is there any pressure for Seth to stay close to home and join his brothers in Corvallis?
"My mom wants me to but I don't know. We'll see," Tarver said. "I have to take some visits to figure out what I want to do."
Tarver said he doesn't have any immediate plans to visit any of his suitors. For now, he's more concerned with winning more basketball games. He's off to a good start and improving his game.
"I've been working on my shot to show people that I can really shot," Tarver said. "I can put it on the floor and dunk on people but I know I need to shoot the ball to become a better player."
His work is paying off. Tarver displayed a nice looking stroke from deep but his ability to slash to the basket for scores is his go-to move. Athletically, he's one of the best in the West. And he's winning along the way.