When the College of Charleston Cougars officially voted to join the Colonial Athletic Association in late October, many talked about the school’s new head coach Doug Wojcik joining a conference full of inspiring young coaches and the Cougars’ upperclassmen back court of Trent Wiedeman and Andrew Lawrence.
Nobody even mentioned the the Cougars’ ever-improving sophomore forward Adjehi Baru becoming a force to reckoned with in his new conference.
After defining the phrase “raw-talent” during his freshman season in Charleston, where he averaged 7.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game, Baru has started off his 2012-2013 sophomore campaign with a bang.
Overall, this season, Baru is averaging 8.9 points, 10 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 34.4 minutes per game. And, over the last three games, the big man from Ivory Coast is averaging 15.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2 blocks per contest in 36.3 minutes. The highlight of his season was definitely his 16-point, 14-rebound performance against No. 5 Louisville on Tuesday, December 4.
With the sophomore standout dominating the paint in the Southern Conference, he looks poised to be a one of the most dominant bigs in the CAA for the rest of his collegiate career. Currently, Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins and UNCW’s Keith Rendleman dominant down low in the CAA, but both are due to graduate this spring. Next season, many will be anticipating some battles down low between Towson F Jerrelle Benimon and Baru during conference play.
As the Charleston Cougars finish out their final season in the Southern, keep an eye on Baru’s steadfast progression.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.