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.
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