Billy Baron , will sign a letter of intent with the University of Virginia tomorrow, officially becoming a member of Tony Bennett’s first full recruiting class as Cavaliers head coach. Three words come to mind for the 6-1, 185-pound point guard, who attended Worcester Academy (MA) this year after a standout 4-year career at Bishop Hendricken High School in Rhode Island.
“I can’t wait,” he said.
< ?php include(getenv("DOCUMENT_ROOT") . "/sabreincludes/adTags/boxArticles.html"); ?>“I can’t wait to get down there. I can’t wait to go to work. I’ve been talking to Coach Bennett a lot. I’ve been talking to all the coaches. I feel part of the team already.”
Baron’s conversations with Coach Bennett have been about more than just basketball, but basketball certainly has been an important topic.
“We talked about the basketball side in terms of the NCAA tournament and other things,” Baron said. “We’ve had fun conversations. I know what’s at stake. I know what I need to do.”
The point guard pledges to be as prepared as possible for his freshman year, in which he could be called upon to make a big impact.
“They want me to be ready right off the bat,” said Baron, who averaged 28 points per game at Worcester. “I’m going down there to handle the rock and be a point guard. I’m going to work to be ready. I want to make an impact from day one. I’ll probably have to shoulder some good minutes my freshman year. I want to prove I can do it.
“I’ll be able to bring work ethic, first and foremost. Work ethic and toughness are two things I know I’ll bring. The tempo is something I’ll have to adjust to. I’ll have to adjust to tempo, atmosphere and playing against guys that are quicker and stronger. I know it’ll be an adjustment, but I’ll be ready to go.”
Baron plans to sign tomorrow at Bishop Hendricken, with Worcester head coach Ed Reilly expected to attend. Over a month after de-committing from Rhode Island, where his father Jim is the men’s basketball coach, and accepting Virginia’s offer, Baron is happy to officially end his recruitment.
“I’m ready to be over with the whole thing, get down there and go to work,” Baron said. “I feel so relieved. It’s a big weight off my shoulders.”
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