UNC Remains Involved with Baru

The recruitment of Adjehi Baru has remained under the radar. Despite being a top 50 prospect and standout at Richmond (Va.) Steward School, there hasn't been a ton of information floating around about the 6-foot-9, 215-pound prospect from the class of 2011.

Elliott Gravitt, the head coach at Steward School, spoke with InsideCarolina.com about his senior big man's recruitment.

"I think it's 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."

According to Gravitt the schools involved in Baru's recruitment are North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Charleston.

Thursday marks the first day college coaches can hit the road again, which means coaches will be checking out their top targets. Per Gravitt, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Charleston are expected in this week. Gravitt said UNC hasn't set up a time to see him in open gym, but he expects them to come by.

"We are going to have some people come by tomorrow," he said. "[The Tar Heel coaches] have not said they are, but I'm sure that they will be in. I would be surprised if they were not in at some point."

As far as in-home visits go, North Carolina, who has not yet offered Baru a scholarship, has one scheduled.

"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.

"They are interested enough to want an in-home visit, but I don't know," he said when asked to gauge UNC's interest. "I've talked to one of their assistants twice. But they are new to the party from what I can tell. I think they probably will [offer], but I don't know that officially."

Baru has made drastic improvements to his game over the couple few years. Gravitt cited his hard work and non-stop motor in drills as to reason he's made improvements.

"He's a great kid that works hard," the coach 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 blocks shots, he's long and lanky and just does a lot of things really well."

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