Baciu gets serious interest from Deacs

The state of North Carolina has a number of quality post players and a Romanian native might just be the best of the bunch. Catalin Baciu, of Fletcher (NC) Veritas Christian Academy, is averaging over 20 points a game and has high-majors flocking to VCA to check him out.

That state of North Carolina is loaded with post players including guys like Victor Davila, Ty Walker and Reggie Johnson, but VCA coach John Jordan believes he's coaching the best of the bunch.

"Every coach that comes in the gym says he's by far the best big kid in the state of North Carolina," Jordan claimed. "They just said he has a lot of versatility for a guy that is 7-foot-1. He has a nice demeanor about him too."

Since reaching the United State from Romania, Baciu has developed his game and according to Jordan has gotten a lot tougher. The 7-foot-1, 235-pound C is producing 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks per game.

"He's really holding his own and has a lot of versatility in his game. He can step out and shoot the three. He runs the floor well and he's quick off his feet. He just does things that you just don't see from someone 7-foot-1."

Coaches have taken notice of Baciu and are throwing scholarship offers his way. According to Jordan, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, NC State, Utah, Tennessee, St. John's, Davidson and Wake Forest have all offered.

Although Jordan said that Clemson, NC State and Davidson were the early favorites, he did speak about the Demon Deacons and explained their interest is serious.

"Very much so," he responded when asked how interested the Deacs were. "We went and watched them play. Skip himself has been in and Skip's offered."

Wake Forest is among a number of schools that have received unofficial visits from Baciu. He's also visited Tennessee, Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech and plans to take a bunch more before he makes his final decision.

"Our game plan is to just expose him to a lot of different things. We are going to try and get his five college visits in before next season starts. If he wants to make a decision before the season next year then we will encourage him to, but if he doesn't and isn't comfortable then we'll take it from there."

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