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December 6, 2010

Terps lose out on Adjehi Baru

One of Maryland's top post targets for the 2011 recruiting class is off the board -- and has been for quite some time.

ESPN.com's Dave Telep reported Monday that Adjehi Baru, a four-star center prospect from the Steward School in Richmond, Va., has signed with College of Charleston.

Baru, a native of the Ivory Coast, inked his letter during the November signing period but wanted to keep his announcement quiet. He also held offers from Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Shooting guard Patrick Branin, whose family reportedly hosts Baru in their Virginia home, also signed with College of Charleston.

“We are delighted to have Adjehi Baru and Patrick Branin join our program,” College of Charleston head coach Bobby Cremins said. “Adjehi is from the Ivory Coast and is very fortunate to have the Branins as his extended family. He is a very bright young man and is continuing to learn how to play the game. He has all of the tools to develop into a very fine player. Patrick is a good shooter with a great work ethic.

New Egypt (N.J.) center Desmond Hubert, a three-star recruit, remains on the Terps' wish list.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 3:02 PM | | Comments (19)
        

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Boy thats a shock why would anyone good wanna come to play for Gary. You will never play as long as there are upperclassmen on the roster... It doesnt matter how well you play. case in point Dino Gregory played 31 minutes yesterday scored 1 fricken point and grabbed 6 rebounds, James Padjett played 14 minutes and scored 8 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Maryland lost by 3..... Dino always plays significant minutes and does not produce he is a waste of minutes that someone that can score could be getting!!!!!!

Pretty big miss on Baru. The Terps are going to need more size going into next year. Only have Williams, Padgett, Pankey, and Weijs are over 6-7.

With the exception of Faust and Stoglin, Gary really hasn't recruited anybody notable in the past couple of years. (Jordan Williams qualifies as a surprise--nobody thought he'd be this good.) It's entirely probably that last year's finish as co-ACC champs was the equivalent of a statistical blip. Grevis kept the team well above water, but this is a ship that is most likely sinking

It was a package deal. Baru's "handler's" son got a free ride to CoC as well. Shady deal but it wastes a scholly for that school. As if that is a big deal. Whats a shame is that this poor guy is going to play in the minor leagues when he could face real competition every year. I guess he has no aspirations of the next level. POS.

@Biff, Gary hasn't recruited anyone? Maryland has gone hard at a lot of good players they just unfortunately have not panned out.

So disappointed, amazing to me that Cremmins would offer a div III player a ride to score his bro; thought he was better than that...sad to say a sign of the times, everybody has a handler & they all want to cash in, regardless of what is in the best interests of the kid...

If the ship's sinking, you better jump off.

As evidenced by the whole Military Bowl thing, we may have the worst fans in the entire ACC.

For CofC to get the type of recruit Baru apparently is from the Marylands, UNCs and/or VPIs, Cremins has to get creative. In reality, this "package" deal is neither unique nor, just to name one, terribly different than the Barton brothers' joint commitment to Memphis.

While disappointing, it's clear that influences beyond the Terps' (or Tar Heels' or Hokies') control were in play. Griping about Wiliams' alleged inability to land "top" recruits--a criticism that I don't endorse--in response to Baru's decision is simply misplaced.

By the way, Jordan Williams was a consensus national top-100 player when he committed to Maryland. He was simply a late-bloomer and not someone you prominently heard about until his senior year. Since many of you are so committed to panning Gary Williams for his lack of recruiting acumen, why cannot you give his staff and him credit for identifying and mining such "under the radar" talent as Williams, Vasquez (who was, remarkably, probably the "quietest" 4-star recruit ever signed by Maryland), Joe Smith, Dixon, Baxter, etc. As for top recruits, Maryland was on both Will Barton and Dante Taylor as sophomores or, pretty much well ahead of everyone else. Each had early Maryland interest before opting to go elsewhere.

Hubert would now appear to be the Terps' primary focus for next season. On ESPN's Maryland "Board," there was some recent speculation that Hubert was imminently going to announce his commitment to Maryland. While this has obviously not yet materialized, Matt, my understanding is that he's always maintained a pretty heavy/strong Maryland "lean." Presently, are you aware of whether there's any indication that such a lean does, in fact, exist? As well, what is your best understanding regarding when Hubert may announce his decision?

I won't personally attack Rusty and Biff. I'm sure they are not idiots -- but what they wrote is sure idiotic.

Gary has brought in a lot of talent over the past few seasons, including Stoglin, Howard, and J. Williams. The freshmen on this year's team are getting a ton of minutes.

Sure, I'd like to have gotten Baru. And I hope we can land Hubert. But either way, Gary will put the pieces together.

Biff,

You have no idea what you are talking about. J Will was rated top 100 by Rivals (85, I believe) and was rated even higher than Stoglin. You also forgot Mychal Parker who was Top 50 according to Rivals and pretty much every recruiting site. Tucker was also a 4 star recruit years back. Gary's biggest problem has been getting highly regarded big men. And this statement: "It's entirely probably that last year's finish as co-ACC champs was the equivalent of a statistical blip. Grevis kept the team well above water, but this is a ship that is most likely sinking)." is a total overreaction. Yes, it is unlikely that this team will be as good (without Greivis this year) as last year, but the "sinking ship" comment is just plain silly.

You guys can complain about Gary's recruiting all you want but the bottom line is what you are judged on as a coach and the last time I looked not many coaches in the history of the game have more wins than Gary.

I'll take wins over blue chippers any day.

C of C over NC and MD?!?!?! Must be the peyote.

Don't forget that UNC & Va Tech also missed on this kid. Do you think they are calling for their coaches heads down there?

Why worry?
Quote:"Gary really hasn't recruited anybody notable in the past couple of years. (Jordan Williams qualifies as a surprise--nobody thought he'd be this good.) It's entirely probably that last year's finish as co-ACC champs was the equivalent of a statistical blip." Well,we also got statistical blip for the 2001 championship by players fan were bitching about when Gary recruited them (Dixon too thin and Baxter too chubby). Let's keep the blips as the UM tradition.
Quote:
"Pretty big miss on Baru. The Terps are going to need more size going into next year. Only have Williams, Padgett, Pankey, and Weijs are over 6-7." Still beat couple years ago, when we only had Dave Neal, 6'7", playing in the rotation and still went to the NCAA.
Sky is not falling.

I like the kids Gary has brought to the school. They handle themselves both on and off the court very well. My wife commented that the Maryland players and coaches always present in a professional manner, something other schools should strive for (Virginia Tech). By the end of the year, this team will be very good and do some damage in the NCAA's.
I also like the fact that most kids stay for 4 years or, if they are not quite ACC material, Gary gets them to a school were they can play.......like Shane to Loyola. As much as I want to ***** about something, the basketball team is not one of them.

Biff,

You have no idea what you are talking about. J Will was rated top 100 by Rivals (85, I believe) and was rated even higher than Stoglin. You also forgot Mychal Parker and Shane Mosley who were both top 50 according to Rivals and pretty much every recruiting site. Tucker was also a 4 star recruit years back. Gary's biggest problem has been getting highly regarded big men. And this statement: "It's entirely probably that last year's finish as co-ACC champs was the equivalent of a statistical blip. Grevis kept the team well above water, but this is a ship that is most likely sinking)." is a total overreaction. Yes, it is unlikely that this team will be as good (without Greivis this year) as last year, but the "sinking ship" comment is just plain silly.

The MBB program has been a consistently good and clean winner under GW.

I'm not sure what everyone expects but we've never been a perennial top 10 program. We're not Duke, UNC, Michigan State, Syracuse, UCONN, or Kansas. We've had some excellent stretches under Lefty and Gary, and GW gets us to the dance most years and has gotten us to numerous sweet 16's, two FFs and won a NC.

I'm not saying we cant do better but it amazes me the level of negativity expressed by so many so-called "fans"about a succesful college basketball program and a successful coach. It seems some only open their mouths when they have something negative to say. While we all want more - some never seem satisfied no matter what our teams accomplish. Its never enough.

I cant speak for any recruit but the reasoning a 17 yr old and his family use to decide on a college are varied. For some its about the exposure and self-promotion more than playing team oriented college basketball, for some its about the relationship with the coach and a comfortable relationship, for some its about the education, and for some its about getting away from home or staying close to home and family. The list goes on.

Sometimes no matter how hard a coaching staff may try to sell itself as the best place for a recruit, its not going to happen. So even if we talk until we're blue in the face and do everything some of you think is warranted to get a kid to come to Maryland - its still not happening.

First rule is a recruit has to want to come to Maryland and play for Gary. It is what it is and not all kids are interested. Just like all kids arent interested in every other school out there just becuase a school shows interest and even offers.

Some of you need to get over that Comcast is the best college arena and Maryland "sells itself" and should be a no-brainer - especially for local kids - "if only Gary recruited better". Its not that easy.

No question Cremins did some creative thinking to get Baru but its not a wasted schollie. Things are a little different at CoC than CP. The "throw in" may do very well playing at that level and even if he doesnt, every college team has players at the end of the bench that are more practice player than anything else.

We have some good talent, young freshman to build with, and at least two good recruits coming in next year.

Lets not sell the talent we have short just yet. Padge, Stogs, P Howard, Hawk and even Parker and Pankey have upsides that are either just emerging or have the potential to in the next few years.

Faust is the exceptional perimeter shooter we need. Gibbs will add depth to the PG position. And the search goes on for another big.

You have to know that the coaching staff is out there working hard to find and secure at least one more significant recruit for 2011.

Lets see what happens.

In the meantime lets focus on this year and supporting this team.

^
Terps06, your logic concerns me.

That level?
Seems to me CofC just about beat the mighty Terps in November, and knocked Maryland out of the NCAA Tournament in the '90s.
That said, rhetorically speaking: What's the difference between Cecil Newton asking for $180K for Cam's signature, and the foster Dad scoring about $70K worth of athletic grant for his son?

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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