Over the weekend Adjehi Baru, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound center, emerged as a guy that fits the billing. Playing for Team Loaded, alongside Tyler Lewis and Tony Kimbro, Baru proved to be a major defensive presence and helped lead them to the Pitt Jam Fest title.
"He's a like a sponge," Team Loaded coach Ty White said. "He just absorbs so much and he has ability and a hunger to be good. The kid is just a passionate kid and he plays every play like it's his last play. He hasn't reached his full potential."
"He doesn't know how good he could be yet," White said. "He still has a ways to go, but the way he is right now he's going to be special."
Baru, who has a 7-foot-4 wingspan, was especially dominant as a post defender. Using his length and athleticism, he blocked, altered and affected shots in the paint. His motor, attitude and ability to run the floor were impressive as well.
"First his athleticism is tremendous," White said when asked about Baru's strengths. "He also has a great shooting touch. He has the ability to play with his back to the basket or turn and face and hit that mid-range jump shot."
Since the Pitt Jam Fest concluded, White's phone has been rather busy.
"I've been plummeted with calls, but he won't make a decision until late next year, so that's not even an issue," White said. "He's honestly not even concerned about recruiting right now. He's just concerned about getting better."