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Billy Baron to Transfer to Rhode Island

After such a great day yesterday, some sad news comes to the Virginia basketball program today, as the school announced that Billy Baron will be transferring away from Virginia. The release states that he will be heading to the University of Rhode Island, where is father is head coach.

Last year, Baron had originally committed to URI, and stressed what a difficult decision it was for him.

"I love Rhode Island," Baron had said. "I've been here since I was 10. I've seen every game. I love the guys on the team. It's been my dream to play for them. But I realize this is a great overall opportunity."

"URI holds a special place in my heart," he said. "The players, the coaches, the fans. I'm grateful for their support and the loving relationship with my mom, my dad and my brother."

After opening the season with Virginia scoring a combined 33 points over two games, Baron has seen his playing time dwindle to almost nothing, except for the game against Iowa State.

The release follows the jump:

CHARLOTTESVILLE-Freshman guard Billy Baron (East Greenwich, R.I.) is leaving the Virginia men's basketball program and plans to transfer to the University of Rhode Island this semester.

"I love my coaches and my teammates at Virginia," Baron said. "Virginia is a great place, but I want to go home, be with my family and play for my dad."

Baron's father, Jim, is the men's head basketball coach at Rhode Island.

"I knew when Billy decided to come to Virginia he had a very hard decision and labored over it," said Virginia head coach Tony Bennett. "Obviously we're sad to see him go and appreciate his contributions to our program, but the desire to play for your father is very strong, as I can personally attest. We'll miss him and wish him well."

Baron played in 17 games for Virginia this season and averaged 3.0 points a game. He had a game-high 19 points in Virginia's victory over William & Mary in the season opener and 14 points in a win against USC Upstate in the second game of the season.