The Player No One Knows Yet: Billy Baron

Published: Jan 28, 2014 22:38pm EST
By JLangley4, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 28, 2014 @ 10:38pm EST


It is understandable that the freshman phenoms grab the headlines with their stellar play, but there are players across the nation that no one seems to talk about, and one of those players is Billy Baron from Canisius College.

Sure, it is easy for me to write this. I attend Canisius and cover the player every game. Maybe I am doing this because I feel I need to get the name out there for personal reasons. Canisius sits at 14-7, 8-2 in MAAC play and are having one of their best seasons in over a decade. The fact of th matter is that Baron is a special player that many do not get a chance to watch.

Baron currently sits in third place in scoring in the country, averaging 24.2 points per game, but if you think that tells the whole story, guess again. Baron averages close to five rebounds per game and five assists, which is incredible given the load he has to carry for the team. Looking at the scoring average, many would assume Baron is a selfish player, but that is far from the truth. His junior year, Baron looked to score for himself, but he learned coming into his final season as a Griff. He knows to fully succeed, he must set his teammates up as well.

To put it into perspective, a San Antonio Spurs scout was at the game on Sunday against Marist. In fact, he sat right next to me (pretty cool experience). Baron put on a clinic, outscoring the Red Foxes himself in the first half, 25-24. He would finish with 38 points, tying his career high he set earlier in the year in a double-overtime victory over Rider. Baron puts the team on his back and helps carry them to wins.

Baron's shining moment came on the national stage against Notre Dame where he scored 33 points in an overtime loss. In reality, the game shouldn't have ended the way it did due to a referee error, but that is a story for another day. On national television, the world got to see Billy Baron for the first time, and the reactions were mostly the same. This kid can play, and most likely, play at the next level.

Baron shoots at around 45% from three and 50% from the field. He hits 92% of his free throws, making him nearly automatic.

Baron is also up for the big moment. He seems to never miss on a game-winning opportunity, as shown in the first game of the year against South Dakota and in the NIT Season tip-off tournament against Elon. Baron isn't afraid to take whatever result comes with the ball in his hands in crucial moment, the trademark all stars have.

If I have a piece of advice, watch this guy play. He is a special player that many don't get a chance to see play.


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