Baron Will Play for Dad

Jim Baron Jr. never really went through the recruitment process. Not unless you include having to talk to a head coach from across the dinner table or during the Yankees games.

Rhode Island coach Jim Baron got a steal when a 6-2 Worcester Academy-bound guard committed to the Rams. The underrated shooter is a hard-nosed player who grew up close to the Rams head man.

It's Baron's son. Jim Baron Jr.

``It's something I wanted to do," the younger Baron said. "He needs me."

URI isn't the only school who could use a shooter like Baron.

``My dad told me he'd like for me to play for him and I know he's not going to put me on the team just because I'm his son," Baron Jr. added. "The only way I'd go there is if we both agreed that I could play. Otherwise, I'd go somewhere else."

Baron, who played at Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) in high school, really never went through the recruiting process, because it was almost understood that he'd eventually play for his father in Kingston, Rhode Island.

Baron, who won't take a scholarship when he lands at URI, wasn't a fixture on the circuit this past summer, but he did play with the Rhode Island Breakers in Las Vegas and at the AAU Nationals.

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