Baru Has Strong College Interest

With the lack of available high major post prospects, Adjehi Baru is a top target for a number of college programs.

Adjehi Baru is a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. After a strong spring and summer playing with Team Loaded, the 6-foot-9, 215-pound post prospect has emerged as a top 50 prospect.

According to Richmond (Va.) Steward School coach – Elliott Gravitt – Baru has continued to improve due to hard work in the gym.

"I think he's really worked on his game," Gravitt said. "We do a lot of stuff here and I know he works out with his AAU a lot. I just think he's worked on his game and refined it. He goes hard and when you go hard in your reps you tend to get better."

Shot blocking is arguably Baru's best attribute, but Gravitt has seen improvements to his entire game.

"He's a great kid that works hard," he said. "He has a nice array of post moves. He's athletic and real long. He's a great shot blocker and one of his great gifts is that he's a very good passer. He averaged over four assists for us last year."

"I've noticed from last year to this year that his mid-range jump shot is getting better and he's knocking down the 15-foot jump shot with confidence," he added. "He blocks shots, he's long and lanky and just does a lot of things really well."

Over the course of July college coaches began following him from event to event. According to Gravitt, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and College of Charleston are among the schools involved in his recruitment.

"I think its still a little early," Gravitt said. "His family told me last spring that he wants to sign late, but that could obviously change. I think he's trying to get the official visits straightened out and there's nothing on paper yet."

Starting Thursday college coaches can begin traveling to open gyms and setting up in-home visits. Gravitt said Maryland, Virignia and College of Charleston are set to come in tomorrow.

While a number of schools are trying to set up in-home visits, Gravitt said North Carolina is the only in-home he knows of at this point.

"The only school that I know officially has set one up is Carolina," Gravitt said. "I'm sure some other schools probably have, but I don't know them. But I know for fact that North Carolina has."

Baru, a four-star prospect, is ranked No. 44 overall in the class of 2011.

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