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August 15, 2012 Terrence Payne
When Rhode Island fired head coach Jim Baron in March, it left one player in the program in a difficult situation: Baron's son, Billy.
Billy Baron had transferred into URI in 2011 to join his father's team after playing one semester at the University of Virginia. The 6-foot-2 guard is on his way to his third school, following his father to Canisius, which hired him as the head coach in April.
Eric Angevine of NBC's College Basketball Talk reported that transfer became official on Tuesday afternoon. Baron will receive a waiver and can play his final two years immediately for the Golden Griffins.
Jim Baron was fired after a 7-24 season in his 11th season as the head coach of the Rams. His son played well - becoming eligible in the second half of the season - averaging 13 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 20 games.
The younger Baron starred at Bishop Hendricken and later Worcester Academy before committing to Virginia, over Davidson, Rutgers, Seton Hall, and URI. Billy's older brother, Jimmy also played for their father (2005-2009), averaging 14 points per game and shot 43 percent from behind the arc in his career.
The Barons join a Canisius team that 5-25 and have lost over 200 games in the last decade.
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