Canisius Guard Billy Baron Receives Waiver; Eligible to Play Immediately

By Paul Seaver

On Tuesday, the Canisius Golden Griffins announced the addition of 6-foot-2 sophomore Billy Baron.

Baron, the youngest son of newly appointed Canisius head coach Jim Baron, made the switch from URI to the Buffalo-based campus, following in his father’s footsteps.

The travels of [Billy] Baron have been plentiful in his first three years at the collegiate level. In fact, Canisius marks the third school in as many years for the Rhode Island-native.

Out of high school, Baron committed to Virginia and appeared in 17 games for the Cavaliers. He then decided to transfer, heading to URI to play for his father.

However, a dismal 1-11 start for the Rams ultimately set the tone for a season that required the school to make a change at head coach. [Jim] Baron was replaced by former Wagner head coach Danny Hurley, yet Baron was able to resurface at Canisius.

This led [Billy] Baron, who considered remaining at URI, to once again transfer schools. It had been rumored for a while now, but Tuesday marked the formal addition of the guard at Canisius.

To add even more good news for the Golden Griffins, Baron was granted a waiver from the NCAA that will allow him to play immediately, a big boost for Canisius.

Last season at URI, Baron averaged 13.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game after becoming eligible in mid-December (NCAA transfer rule). If he can have a similar, instant impact in the MAAC, there shouldn’t be much doubt to his potential for the Golden Griffins.

The NCAA waiver that was granted, held a similar feel to that of Pittsburgh transfer Trey Zeigler, who left Central Michigan this past spring after his father was dismissed from CMU.


Be sure to follow Paul Seaver on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse



You May Also Like