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Billy Baron won't use scholarship for Canisius

Billy Baron doesn't have an assist yet for the Canisius basketball team, but he's already quite the team player.

Not only will Baron be eligible to play this season after receiving an NCAA waiver, but with his dad, Jim Baron, as coach, he won't use up one of the team's scholarships, either. 

Canisius confirmed today that Billy Baron falls under what the NCAA calls "non-recruited, non-scholarship student-athletes" and won't use one of the team's 13 allowed scholarships.

He's been accepted into the college and the school said he will be eligible for Canisius' tuition reimbursement program that allows faculty members to send their children to the school for free. 

With Phil Valenti and Jermaine Johnson coming in, the team currently has two scholarships remaining for the upcoming season, which it may or may not use. Tyrel Edwards' name has been thrown around for months as a Canisius recruit, but as of Aug. 15, a week and a half before classes start, the athletic department hasn't seen any paperwork from him.

The roster right now has 11 scholarship players, Baron, and walk-ons Tyler Funk and Sean Ezeamama, who both played last year.

The Griffs will have four more scholarships next season after Harold Washington, Alshwan Hymes, Freddy Asprilla and Isaac Sosa graduate. 

It will be another week or two before Canisius' schedule is released.

--- Nick Veronica

Twitter: @NickVeronica


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