Canisius guard Billy Baron has been added to the field for the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship, to be held April 3 at SMU’s Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Intersport announced today. The 26th annual event, which will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. Eastern, features 24 of college basketball’s top dunkers and long-range shooters.
Baron, the 2014 Pepsi MAAC Player of the Year and a two-time All-MAAC First Team selection, takes the place of Virginia’s Joe Harris in the Quicken Loans Men’s 3-Point Championship. One of the top scorers and shooters in the country this season, Baron ranked fourth among NCAA Division I players with 24.1 points per game, while his 107 3-point field goals set a new Canisius single-season record and currently ranks him tied for 12th in the nation. Baron is just the second player in school history to score more than 800 points in a season, and he led the MAAC with his 3.1 3-pointers made per game. He also ranked fifth in the MAAC in 2013-14 in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.1 percent. For his career at Canisius, Baron knocked down 173 shots from long-range, which ranks fourth in school history and he closed out his career on Main Street shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point land, which ranks third in program history among players with 100 career makes. A 2014 Bob Cousy Award finalist, Baron also dished out a team-high 180 assists in 2013-14, making him just the third player in the program’s 110-year history to distribute 150 or more assists in back-to-back seasons. Earlier this week, the East Greenwich, R.I. native became just the fourth player in school history to earn Associated Press All-America honors.
Individual elements of the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships include: Quicken Loans Men’s 3-Point Championship, Buick Women’s 3-Point Championship, Echo Battle of the Champions and Denny’s Slam Dunk Championship. Outstanding State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships alumni include: Gary Payton (Oregon State), Steve Nash (Santa Clara), Bobby Hurley (Duke), Allan Houston (Tennessee), Michael Finley (Wisconsin), Wesley Matthews (Marquette), Kyle Korver (Creighton), Damon Stoudamire (Arizona) and Jason Terry (Arizona). Baron’s older brother, Jimmy Baron, also participated in the 3-Point Championship after his senior season at Rhode Island in 2009.For more information, visit www.collegeslam.com, like the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/collegeslam and follow the championships on Twitter (@CollegeSLAM).