"I am really excited for Billy on a personal level and we are extremely happy to have him join our program at Canisius," Jim Baron said.
Baron played in 20 games last season at Rhode Island where he made 14 starts. After sitting out the first semester of the 2011-12 season following a transfer from the University of Virginia, Baron averaged 13.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, while shooting 40.4 percent from the field, 31.2 percent from 3-point range and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line. He scored in double figures 13 times and posted 20 or more points in a game five times for the Rams last season, highlighted by his career-high 25-point effort in the team's 86-81 road win at Dayton Jan. 28.
Prior to playing one semester at Virginia, Baron averaged 27.5 points, 6.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game during the 2009-10 season at Worcester Academy, where he was named a first-team All-Class A Prep Leagues selection. As a senior at Bishop Hendricken High School, he posted 24.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game and helped the Hawks win three Rhode Island state championships during his scholastic career. A two-time Most Valuable Player of the Rhode Island state basketball tournament, he scored 1,306 career points and averaged 16.5 points per game through his high school career at Hendricken. He was also honored as a two-time first-team all-state honoree in Rhode Island and was a McDonald's All-American nominee.
Baron joins a Canisius program that boasts the return of four starters and eight letterwinners from the 2011-12 campaign. The 2012-13 season will mark the Golden Griffins' first year under Jim Baron, who was named the program's 23rd head coach April 3, 2012 after he spent the previous 11 seasons at the helm of the Rhode Island program.