Bobo Baciu to See More Playing Time?


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Will Catalin “Bobo” Baciu be seeing more playing time as the ACC season rolls along? Perhaps, according to Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell.

Baciu is the 7-foot-2, 230-pound freshman from Cluj-Napoca, Lithuania that came to Clemson by way of Veritas Christian Academy in North Carolina. He was suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of the season for playing with a pro team five years ago, and since his return has seen little action as a Tiger.

However, with Clemson losing two straight ACC games, post player Trevor Booker struggling against some of the bigger players in the league, and the Tigers lacking a true inside presence, Purnell said that getting Baciu more time on the floor for key minutes is something the coaching staff is considering.

“A guy that we are really taking a long look at in practice is Baciu,” Purnell said to the media on Friday. “He is big and long, and did a decent job against North Carolina, even though we know what kind of game that was. He might see a little action; we are not ruling that out. If you are providing us with effort and results, you’ll play more.”

Purnell admitted that during the current losing streak, and for a few games before that, Clemson has struggled on offense, and an inability to generate offense from the post has been a part of that.

“We don’t seem to be finishing (plays) inside,” Purnell said. “We’ve been getting the ball inside to Jerai (Grant) and (Raymond) Sykes, but don’t seem to be finishing inside. Baciu might have a better chance of finishing inside because he is 7-foot-2.”

One of the problems for the 6-foot-7 Booker has been that larger players have made a concerted effort to push him out of the lane, and as a result he has been taking more jump shots and not making plays around the rim like Purnell would like.

One option would be to get Baciu on the court with Booker, requiring the opposing team to use their bigger players to guard Bobo, and give Booker an easier matchup.

Purnell said that while he hopes Baciu can start making a contribution, it is still going to be a lengthy process for him.

“He is getting bigger and stronger and progressing,” Purnell said. “He has a bright future, and it’s important we keep an eye on him and use him to help us right here in his freshman season. He wasn’t available to us in the first five games, which is why he is not further along. That kind of set him back a little bit. We will keep an eye on him in practice, and if he can help us, maybe we’ll look at doing that.”

Baciu has appeared in seven games this season, playing 39 minutes. He is 7-for-19 from the field and 2-for-5 from the free throw line, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked two shots.


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spacer Bobo Baciu to see more playing time?
Crump®
spacer Seems like a logical decision
GoodFella
spacer Big players for the post has been the missing ingredient for
MackDaddy®
spacer My take on it...
Prime T. Tiger
spacer Re: Seems like a logical decision
tigerkoty
spacer good decision...he needs to get in there and toughen up
El Tigre 1
spacer I'm curious...how do you pronounce this kid's last name?***
holtzhater
spacer Bah-chu***
El Tigre 1
spacer or Narcisse at least thats what Mike Patrick thinks...***
El Tigre 1
spacer Gesundheit!!!
CUnext
spacer Re: Gesundheit!!!
Herr Easley
spacer I think it's Bee-AH-chi or something like that?***
deleted
spacer My UNC buddy asked me on Thursday -
jonspider
spacer Re: My UNC buddy asked me on Thursday -
tigerkoty
spacer Re: My UNC buddy asked me on Thursday -
tigersdad
spacer I call him Roger Waters
Filo Betto
spacer Goalie in my sig.***
jonspider
spacer Nice, Spider....the resemblance is uncanny if you ask me***
Filo Betto
spacer Syd's Son...Bobo Barrett! Brilliant!***
GoodFella
spacer Re: I call him Roger Waters
apextiger®
spacer Re: Bobo Baciu to see more playing time?
ashmeister252
spacer He's from Romania, not Lithuania isn't he? Don't see how he
twentytwofifteen
spacer Yes, Cluj is a small city in the northwestern portion of
strodetiger®
spacer Uhhhhhhhhh, we're on game 18 and he could have played in
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spacer Miike Patrick says
74TIGER
spacer Bad idea. Anyone who has seen him play knows he cant
BillgoCU
spacer Re: Bobo Baciu to see more playing time?
loubello
spacer Where is Karolis Petrukonis?
diePranke
spacer Re: Bobo Baciu to see more playing time?
MichiganWolverine
spacer Why exactly is this a headline?
deleted
spacer Good question***
BillgoCU
spacer More playing time? How about Zero playing time vs. G-Tech***
Kinghunterx5
spacer I was going post the same thing.
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