Adjehi Baru (Richmond, Va./Steward School), the nation's No. 46-ranked player, has signed with the College of Charleston -- becoming the highest-rated recruit the school has ever inked.
Baru signed with Bobby Cremins' Cougars during the early period, though the announcement wasn't made until Monday. According to multiple sources, he turned in his letter last month but wanted to keep his decision private. During his entire recruitment, Baru consistently has been quiet about his decision and hasn't conducted many media interviews.
He is a high-profile add for the Southern Conference. The league cranked out Stephen Curry and Kevin Martin but neither of them were top 100 prospects when they signed with Davidson and Western Carolina.
The 6-foot-9, 225-pounder Baru is an intense player who rebounds exceptionally well, runs the floor and has the ability to pass and block shots. A native of the Ivory Coast, Baru owned offers from Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Recently, he called all of the schools and informed them of his decision.
Charleston's recruiting class is shaping up nicely. Cremins signed Trevonte Dixon (Arden, N.C./Christ School), Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) and Pat Branin (Richmond, Va./Steward School). Branin has a connection to Baru because Branin's father, Tim, is Baru's legal guardian. The pair played two seasons of high school and a year of AAU ball together.
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