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Overview: Highest-rated prospect in the 2008 signing class...true 7-footer who has spent a ton of time in the weight room bulking up since his arrival at Clemson...prefers face-up game as opposed to traditional back-to-the-basket...played in nine games as a freshman in 2008-09, 12 as a sophomore in 2009-10, and 23 as a junior in 2010-11...expected to earn more playing time with the departure of Jerai Grant in the post...earned the team's Tiger Strength Award after his freshman and junior seasons...gained 18 pounds from July of 2008 through the end of the 2008-09 season...reached 245 pounds after spending both summer sessions of 2009 at Clemson and in the weight room...also improved bench press by 80 pounds and squat lift by over 110 pounds during that span...spent both summer sessions in Clemson last offseason to work on his strength & conditioning...added 10 pounds from the 2010 preseason to the 2011 postseason...nicknamed `Bobo,' which comes from part of the translation for "freshman" in Romanian...he picked up the nickname competing against older players back home...name is pronounced cuh-tuh-LEEN BY-choo...played high school basketball in the U.S. as a junior and senior...played at Veritas Christian Academy in Fletcher, NC after coming over from Romania...played with Jonah Baize, a former walk-on at Clemson, as a junior at Veritas...speaks four languages...played at the Under 20 European Championships for his home country in the summer of 2007...averaged 7.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as the youngest member of Romania's team.

In 2010-11: Averaged 1.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in 23 appearances off the bench...appeared in 10 ACC regular season games and in both tournament games as well...played in more games as a junior than either of his first two seasons combined...made 10-17 field goals for the year for a 59 percent accuracy...began the season strong with six points and four rebounds in nine minutes against Western Carolina...scored a basket and grabbed three rebounds in the win over Wofford...posted four points in seven minutes against Old Dominion, a team that won the Colonial Athletic Association crown and competed in the NCAA Tournament...played in all three games against North Carolina, scoring a field goal in the game at Chapel Hill and totaling three points in the ACC Tournament semifinal versus the Tar Heels...grabbed three rebounds and blocked a shot in eight minutes at Florida State.

In 2009-10: Averaged 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in 12 appearances...averaged 3.4 minutes of playing time per contest...hit 7-15 shots on the season...top performance on the year was against Furman, when he hit 3-5 shots for a total of six points...in 12 minutes against College of Charleston, he scored four points and added five rebounds, all off the defensive glass...also scored field goals in wins over UNC Greensboro and Winthrop...also had two steals in the win over the Eagles.

In 2008-09: Averaged 2.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in nine appearances...sat out the first five games of the season due to playing professionally in Romania prior to coming to the United States...made 8-20 shots in his first year, 40 percent...averaged 4.9 minutes of playing time in his nine appearances...first action was against Savannah State on Nov. 25, where he played nine minutes and posted four points, two rebounds, and two blocked shots...scored four points in nine minutes against SC State, while grabbing a career-high six rebounds (four offensive)...posted two points, four rebounds, and two assists versus North Florida...in five minutes of play, hit two baskets and scored four points against East Carolina...first ACC field goal was against North Carolina, he was 1-2 versus the Heels...scored two points in final four minutes of the 29-point blowout of Maryland at home.

In High School: Consensus top 100 prospect by the recruiting services...rated as high as the #55 player nationally by Scout.com...also rated #64 by Prep Stars, #83 by Hoops Report, #89 by Hoop Scoop, and #98 by Rivals.com...rated as the nation's 10th best prospect at the center position by Scout.com...averaged 22.6 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 6.9 blocks per game as a senior...finalist for McDonald's All-America honors and North Carolina's Gatorade Player-of-the-Year award...also named a finalist for the World team for the Nike Hoop Summit...established nine school records in just two years at Veritas...holds the school's career record for points (1,781), rebounds (1,091), and blocked shots (494)...holds single-game records at Veritas for points scored (50), rebounds (26), and blocked shots (16)...played in the 2008 Charm City Challenge for the U.S. All-Stars...named Most Outstanding Player at the 2008 Bahamas Holiday Invitational...averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks per game as a junior when he led Veritas to a runner-up finish at the National Association of Christian Athletes championship...posted 25 points and 15 rebounds against national power Oak Hill Academy as a junior...played high school ball for coach John Jordan...chose Clemson over offers from Memphis, N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and South Carolina...born 8/26/88...major is undeclared.

Baciu Career Statistics
Year
GP-GS
Min/Avg
FG-FA
Pct
3FG-FA
Pct
FT-FTA
Pct
Off/Reb/Avg
A-T
BS-ST
PF-D
Pts/Avg
2008-09
9-0
44/4.9
8-20
.400
0-0
.000
2-5
.400
7/19/2.1
4-1
2-3
6-0
18/2.0
2009-10
12-0
41/3.4
7-15
.467
0-0
.000
1-2
.500
3/17/1.4
2-5
1-3
5-0
15/1.3
2010-11
23-0
78/3.4
10-17
.588
0-0
.000
5-14
.357
9/26/1.1
0-4
3-1
14-0
25/1.1
Totals
44-0
163/3.7
25-52
.481
0-0
.000
8-21
.381
19/62/1.4
6-10
6-7
25-0
58/1.3

Baciu Career Highs
Points: 6 vs. Furman, 12/13/09; 6 vs. Western Carolina, 11/12/10
Field Goals Made: 3 vs. Furman, 12/13/09
Field Goal Attempts: 8 vs. SC State, 12/13/08
Field Goal %: (.600, 3-5) vs. Furman, 12/13/09
Free Throws Made: 2 vs. many (3), last vs. NC State, 2/17/11
Free Throw Attempts: 6 vs. Western Carolina, 11/12/10
Rebounds: 6 vs. SC State, 12/13/08
Offensive Rebounds: 4 vs. SC State, 12/13/08
Assists: 2 vs. SC State, 12/13/08; 2 vs. North Florida, 12/16/08
Blocked Shots: 2 vs. Savannah State, 11/25/08
Steals: 2 vs. Winthrop, 11/23/09
Minutes: 12 vs. College of Charleston, 12/19/09

*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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