Canisius College men’s basketball player Billy Baron received a pair of national postseason honors today, as the junior guard was named to the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) Division I All-District Team and the 2013 Lou Henson All-America Team. A First-Team All-MAAC selection this season, Baron is the first player since 2003 to earn recognition from the NABC and he is the first player in program history to be selected as a Lou Henson All-American.
Baron finished his first season with Canisius as the Golden Griffins’ leading scorer with his 17.2 points per game. The East Greenwich, R.I., native scored 30-or more points three times during the 2012-13 campaign and his 584 total points are the most for a Canisius player since the 1984-85 season. A two-time MAAC Player of the Week and a nominee for the 2013 Lou Henson Award, Baron led the MAAC with his 5.0 assists per game, and his 171 total assists is fifth-best on the school’s single-season assist chart. Baron played in all 34 games for the Blue and Gold and ended the season ranked fifth in the MAAC in free-throw percentage at 82.4 percent, which is the best single-season free-throw percentage for a Canisius player since 2002-03 (among players with 50 or more makes from the line).
The NABC All-District teams recognize the nation’s best men’s college basketball student-athletes. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, selected student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America. The 242 student-athletes, from 24 districts, are now eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division I All-America teams. Baron is one of seven student-athletes from the MAAC to be honored as an all-district selection by the NABC this year.
The 2013 Lou Henson All-America Team is selected by CollegeInsider.com. Rather than assemble a first team, a second team, a third team and a honorable mention group, the Lou Henson All-America Team is one squad consisting of 25 players. The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top mid-major Division I college basketball player. Baron is one of three MAAC players to receive this honor, joining with Iona’s Lamont Jones and Niagara’s Juan’ya Green.Canisius ended the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 20-14 and a MAAC record of 11-7. The Griffs saw their season end in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, which marked the program’s first postseason appearance since 1996. The 20 wins this year is Canisius’ seventh 20-win campaign and its first since 2000-01. Canisius’ plus-15 win differential is the best in school history and it ranks third at the Division I level this year. The 11 MAAC wins are the most for the Blue and Gold since 1998-99 and the team posted a 12-4 mark at home in the Koessler Athletic Center, setting a program record for home victories on campus in a single year. Canisius will return six letterwinners and three starters to next year’s team.