Terps Targeting Big Men Baru and Hubert

2011 prospects Adjehi Baru and Desmond Hubert talk to TSR contributor Alex Schwartz about recruiting.

Like most programs, Maryland wants to find the next great college big man. The Terrapins are recruiting a number of post players in the class of 2011, including Adjehi Baru and Desmond Hubert. Both Baru and Hubert filled in TurtleSportsReport.com on where things currently stand in their recruitment.

Having only been in the United States for about a year and a half after coming over from the Ivory Coast, Adjehi Baru of Steward School (VA) is still working on his English. While does not do a lot of interviews, Baru did provide some shed some light on things while at the University of Virginia for the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Baru, a 6’9, 215-pound power forward, listed Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Richmond, Marquette, and Texas as the schools recruiting him. He noted that there are others involved too, but that he just did not know all of them off the top of his head, nor did he know who has offered.

The big man is not sure when he will make his college choice, but does know what he wants to major in academically at his school of choice. “Math, computers, and import/export trade,” Baru said.

“Maryland, I can see a lot of Maryland. They have a good coach, he talks with me. They really like me and I like them too, but I can’t make a decision yet,” said Baru of his thoughts on the Terps.

Baru went to College Park for Maryland’s game against North Carolina, and that is his lone college visit to date.

Having only been playing basketball for about four or five years, Baru knows there are some things he needs to work on out on the floor.

“Post moves, handling the ball, and jumpshot,” said Baru of what the main weaknesses of his game are.

While he was not sure what the strongest point of his game is, Baru is a fantastic rebounder and a superb interior defender. His offensive game is coming along, but he is still raw. Physically, he is off the charts, as he has an outstanding frame to go along with a ridiculous wingspan. Even though he is just 6’9, Baru’s wingspan is 7’5, which was the best of the 90+ campers who were measured. His 9’1 vertical reach was second overall, behind just a 7-footer.

Desmond Hubert, a 6’9, 195-pound prospect out of New Egypt (NJ), lists Maryland as one of the four schools that is recruiting him the hardest. The others are Villanova, Virginia Tech, and Virginia.

Hubert lists Villanova, Pitt, Maryland, UConn, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Duke, and North Carolina as the schools recruiting him. He says that all besides Georgetown, Duke, and North Carolina have extended scholarship offers at this point.

The Garden State big man said that he does “not really” have any favorites, yet did acknowledge that the speculation that Villanova and Pitt are high up on his list is “kinda, sorta” true.

“Not sure if [I will do it] before my high school season of after,” said Hubert of when he will make his college choice.

Hubert, who is being recruited to Maryland by Assistant Coach Rob Ehsan, has twice been to Maryland for visits. “Once in the fall, once in the winter,” he said.

Asked what he likes the most about Maryland, Hubert responded, “I like the campus. It’s really nice.”

Defense is what Hubert lists as the chief strength of his game, while he says “probably my strength” as the foremost weakness.

On what position he sees himself playing at the next level, Hubert remarked, “I have no idea. I’ve heard between a three and a five. My coach here calls me a three and a half, so I have no idea.”

If Maryland can land both of these talented big men, Gary Williams and Co. will be quite happy. Even if just one ends up in College Park, the staff still may have a future star in the ACC on its hands.

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