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College Hoops' Version of 'The Blind Side'

ESPN

The celebratory phone calls from Adjehi Baru went out to the world.

Charleston coach Bobby Cremins received the first one. Then Baru dialed his legal guardians in Richmond, Va. He later called his uncle in France to spread the good news.

Three years and a day after Baru first set foot in the United States, coming over from the Ivory Coast to pursue basketball and an education, the nation's ninth-ranked center for the 2011 recruiting class received quite an anniversary gift when the NCAA informed the school Thursday that it had cleared him to play.

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