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Billy Baron eligible to play for Canisius this season

Canisius junior guard Billy Baron -- who transferred from Rhode Island to follow his father, head coach Jim Baron -- has received a waiver from the NCAA that will allow him to compete in the upcoming season without having to sit out a year.

Billy Baron scored 13.0 points per game last year with Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 and looks to be a starter for the Griffs this season. He has been accepted into the college and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Jim Baron was fired March 4 and later hired by Canisius. Billy started his career in the Atlantic Coast Conference with Virginia, but transferred to Rhode Island to play with his dad after just one semester. He sat out the full, NCAA-required year before being eligible for the final 20 games last season.

Baron's waiver is another step in NCAA precedent that allows players to play immediately if they transfer because their father was fired. Central Michigan's Trey Zeigler was also granted the waiver earlier this year to play at Pittsburgh after his father, Ernie, was fired.

--- Nick Veronica

Twitter: @NickVeronica


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