Baron Reverses Field

Jim Baron's son Billy won't play for him next season but he will play in the ACC. Billy Baron changed his mind and traded the A-10 for the ACC on Tuesday.

Is there a tougher thing to do than de-commit from your father? We didn't know se we asked Billy Baron, the former Rhode Island commit that pledged allegiance to the Virginia Cavaliers on Tuesday.

"It wasn't the easiest thing in the world," Billy Baron told "I have a goal sheet on my closet in the room and it says to play for my dad. I never realized an opportunity to play for Virginia would come along. I told him I thought it was something I couldn't pass up. He's in my corner."

Baron can play. He would have been an extension of his father for the Rams and he's straight of central casting for Tony Bennett. A tough, hard-nosed guard who makes shots and leads, Billy Baron isn't his brother from deep but he's every bit as tough.

The 3-star guard out of Worcester Academy was all set to play for URI next season but his competitive itch was scratched by the Cavaliers.

"(My dad) wants what's best for me. He's looking at the situation from a father's standpoint. I'm blessed to have a great father. It's no knock on URI but he saw the opportunity at hand and saw it was the best opportunity for me in the long run."

Next season, Bennett will put Baron to use and don't be surprised if he's assumes a big role in Charlottesville.

"He wants me to lead a team, be a lead guard and be the second coach out there. He wants me to run a team, play the game and get some wins."

And if Billy happens to hit one more 3-pointer than his brother did at URI? "I wouldn't mind that."

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