VT In Contention With 4-Star Center

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After picking up its fourth commitment of the 2011 class, Virginia Tech men’s basketball hopes to keep the proverbial ball rolling. Tech is in serious contention for skilled big man Adjehi Baru , a 6-9, 225-pound senior out of Steward School in Richmond, Virginia. Baru is in the midst of making his official visits and Virginia Tech is scheduled to be one of those destinations.

“He is down to five schools,” Steward School head coach Elliot Gravitt said. “He is down to Virginia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, College of Charleston and USC (Southern California).

“Adjehi has visited College of Charleston and he has got three other visits lined up. As of right now, I don’t know if he has a date for USC set up.”

Coach Gravitt wasn’t sure of the exact dates for the coming three officials. Reportedly, Baru will head to Blacksburg on the weekend of October 16, Maryland on the weekend of October 23 and UNC on the weekend of October 30.

“I think he will take his visits so he can make an informed decision,” Gravitt said.

Is there a favorite right now?

“I don’t know,” Gravitt replied. “I think he is excited about all five schools. He is giving a hard look at all of them.”

Virginia Tech has been in hot pursuit of Baru, who possesses a nice athletic skill-set to go along with an impressive frame. No doubt, Coach Greenberg would love to cap an already talented class – one that now includes 4-star forward Dorian Finney-Smith – with one of the top low post prospects in the 2011 class.

“They were in on him early,” Gravitt said, referring to Tech’s recruitment of Baru. “They’ve done a great job. They have been here. They are contacting him when they are allowed. They have been here more than anybody.”

Scout.com ranks Baru as a 4-star prospect and the #5 center prospect in the country. Rivals.com has him as a 4-star recruit and the #3 center in the nation.

“He’s very athletic,” Gravitt said of Baru. “That’s a real plus. He’s very long. He is 6-8 or 6-9, but he has got a pretty impressive wing span. He has a great frame and he’ll just keep getting bigger and stronger. He definitely passes the eyeball test. And then he is a very good leaper. There is