Why Adjehi Baru picked the Cougars

Updated: December 6, 2010, 12:01 PM ET
By Dave Telep, ESPN Recruiting
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1. Charleston packages a pair

There have definitely been easier recruitments to follow than that of center Adjehi Baru (Richmond, Va./Steward School). He selected a Southern Conference school over Maryland, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. That happened. But, there's a story. Bobby Cremins never uses his full allotment of scholarships. He didn't do it at Georgia Tech and hasn't done it at the College of Charleston either. Cremins, has an affinity for talent and keeps a trim rotation. The coach figures he doesn't want four kids at the end of the bench tossing mental daggers at him because they aren't playing.

This year, Cremins used one of his extra scholarships on Pat Branin, son of Baru's legal guardian. It would be hard to find a more efficient use of a scholarship you didn't intend on using anyway. Baru has an obvious comfort level with Branin and that'll ease his transition to college. Branin did not have another Division I scholarship offer outside of Charleston. Usually, the smaller school NEVER has the advantage against the big boys in recruiting. This time, the tables were turned and Cremins held the trump card: an extra scholarship. The wily veteran and former ACC coach beat his former conference for the highest-rated recruit in the history of the College of Charleston.