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#1 Adjehi Baru
Position: Forward
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 225
Year: Junior
Hometown: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
High School: The Steward School
Experience: 2 Letters
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“Adjehi was the top rebounder in the SoCon and I challenged him to be the leading rebounder for the next two years in the CAA. I think that is the way to make a name for himself. He plays as hard as anyone I've coached every single day and not just on game day. I see him expanding his offensive game. Adjehi will be a consistent free throw shooter from day one this year. He really progressed in that way last year. He is one of my four team captains, so he really leads by example.” – CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik
 
CAREER HONORS
• 2013 Southern Conference All-Tournament First Team
• Southern Conference Player of the Week selection (Jan. 15, 2013)
• 2011-12 Lindy’s College Basketball Annual Preseason Southern Conference Newcomer of the Year
• 2011-12 Preseason Southern Conference Newcomer of the Year by Rivals.com
• 2011-12 Preseason All-Southern Conference Second Team by Rivals.com
• 2011-12 All-Southern Conference Freshman Team (coaches and media)
 
SOPHOMORE (2012-13)
Led the Southern Conference and ranked No. 77 nationally averaging 8.3 rebounds per game…One of two players on the team to play and start in all 35 games of the season…Also averaged 9.8 points a game which was third-best for the Cougars…Recorded a league-leading eight double-doubles including a career-best three in a row with 18 points and 11 rebounds versus Samford (1/10/13), 13 points and 10 rebounds against Chattanooga (1/12/13) and 16 points and 12 rebounds at The Citadel (1/14/13)…Earned SoCon Player of the Week honors for that particular stretch on Jan. 15, 2013…Registered a career-high 20 points on a perfect 8-for-8 performance from the field versus Old Dominion (12/18/12)…Brought down a career-best 14 defensive rebounds in the team’s road upset at No. 21-ranked Baylor (11/24/12)…Grabbed double-digit boards on 11 occasions during the season…Was selected to the 2013 SoCon All-Tournament First Team after leading CofC all the way to the championship game averaging 11.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg and 1.0 bpg in three tournament contests combined.
 
FRESHMAN (2011-12)
Played in 29 games of the season with 28 starts…Averaged 7.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game…Led the team in rebounding on nine occasions…Ranked ninth in the Southern Conference in rebounding (lone freshman in the top 10) and seventh in blocked shots (0.7 bpg)…Went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line at No. 4-ranked Louisville (12/20/11)…Recorded his first career double-double with a career-high 18 points and 12 rebounds versus Elon (1/14/12)…Also made a personal-best three blocks against the Phoenix…Brought down a career-best 17 rebounds versus Western Carolina (2/9/12) in 37 minutes of action…Missed two SoCon contests against Georgia Southern (1/21/12) and Wofford (1/28/12) due to a sprained ankle…Honored on the All-SoCon Freshman Team by both the league’s coaches and media…2011-12 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll student.
 
HIGH SCHOOL
Graduated in 2011 from The Steward School in Richmond, Va…The top basketball prospect in the state of Virginia…Rated the No. 26 overall prospect by Rivals.com, No. 29 overall prospect by Scout.com and the No. 46 overall prospect and the third highest-rated big man in the Class of 2011 by ESPN College Basketball Recruiting…Listed as one of the top 12 rising seniors by the ACC Sports Journal…Attended the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Top 100 Camp in June 2011 in Charlottesville, Va…Led the Spartans to state quarterfinals as well as two Virginia Commonwealth Conference championship titles as a junior and senior under head coach Elliott Gravitt…Averaged 19.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game as a senior…Also averaged 13.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game making him one of the top 20 prospects in the country during his junior campaign…Volunteered at numerous businesses to earn over 100 community service hours…Carried an impressive 3.54 grade-point average at The Steward School…Also played AAU Basketball for Team Loaded under head coach Ty White.
 
PERSONAL
Adjehi N. Baru…Pronounced UH-jie (rhymes with pie) buh-ROO…Son of Acka Berthe and the late Adjehi Valentin…Born on Dec. 10, 1991 in Bingerville, Ivory Coast…Has one sister, Linda Morine…His uncle, Didier Adiko, is a doctor in France and serves as his legal guardian…His American host family includes Tim and Jennifer Branin, sister, Carter, and brothers, Pat and Tim Branin, Jr…The highest-ever rated player in CofC Basketball history…Is fluent in French, his native language…Possesses a 7-foot-5 wingspan and 35-inch vertical…His athletic goal is to assist the team in winning the CAA and making the NCAA Tournament…His career ambition is to play professional basketball….Enjoys listening to music…Trained with the Ivory Coast National Team during the summer of 2012 and competed against Tunisia and France…Pre-international business major at College of Charleston.

BARU’S CAREER SUPERLATIVES
Points: 20 vs. Old Dominion (12/18/12)
Field Goals: 8 vs. Old Dominion (12/18/12)
FG Attempted: 13 vs. Louisville (12/4/12)
3PT Field Goals: None
3PT FG Attempted: None
Free Throws: 9 vs. Georgia Southern (2/16/13)
FT Attempted: 15 vs. Western Carolina (2/9/12)
Rebounds: 17 vs. Western Carolina (2/9/12)
Offensive: 8 vs. Louisville (12/4/12), vs. Western Carolina (2/9/12)
Defensive: 14 at Baylor (11/24/12)
Assists: 4 vs. Appalachian State (1/30/13)
Turnovers: 7 vs. Wofford (2/28/13)
Blocked Shots: 3 (six times)
Steals: 3 vs. Elon (1/14/12)
Minutes: 39 vs. Anderson (12/13/12), at Baylor (11/24/12)
Double Figure Scoring Games: 19
20-Point Games: 1
30-Point Games: None
Double Figure Rebounding Games: 12
Double Figure Assists Games: None
Led in Scoring: 7
Led in Rebounding: 23
Led in Assists: None
Double-Doubles: 9
Consecutive Double-Figure Scoring Streak: 3
Dunks: 39

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