New Canisius basketball coach Jim Baron has reportedly lured a new guard to the program -- his son.
Billy Baron told CBS Sports late Thursday night that he will transfer to Canisius. He was also considering Purdue and Providence.
Baron averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game last year with Atlantic 10 member Rhode Island before his dad was fired on March 4, hours before Tom Parrotta heard the same from Canisius. He just completed his sophomore season.
Both Barons originally told the press Billy would stay at URI and play for Danny Hurley.
“This is my home,” Billy Baron told the Providence Journal in March. “This is where I want to be.”
“He’s finishing up and doing what he needs to do there,” Jim Baron told the Canisius school newspaper in April. “That’s the most important thing now.”
Baron is expected to apply for a waiver that would allow him to play this coming season without having to sit out. There is precedent in the NCAA to allow for this. Most recently and notably is Central Michigan's Trey Zeigler, who will be allowed to play for Pittsburgh next year after he received the waiver in May following his father's firing.
A potential detour for Baron could be the fact that he already transferred once, leaving ACC member Virginia midway through his freshman year to play for Jim at URI.
If granted the waiver, Baron would add talent and depth to the Griffs' backcourt. Harold Washington, the team's leading scorer a year ago who had and up-and-down season, is the incumbent at the point guard, though Baron would challenge him for playing time. Seniors Alshwan Hymes, a team captain last year, and Isaac Sosa, who sat out last year after transferring from Central Florida, are both experienced shooting guards.
The Canisius athletic department is not able to comment on the situation until it receives official paperwork for Baron.