Billy Baron
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Baron playing for Crvena zvezda in 2019
No. 12 – Zenit Saint Petersburg
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
LeagueVTB United League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1990-12-11) December 11, 1990 (age 31)
Altoona, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school
College
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Playing career2014–present
Career history
2014–2015Lietuvos rytas
2015–2016Spirou Charleroi
2016–2017UCAM Murcia
2017–2018Eskişehir Basket
2018–2020Crvena zvezda
2020–presentZenit Saint Petersburg
Career highlights and awards

William James Baron (born December 11, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for BC Zenit Saint Petersburg of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. He is a 1.88 m (6'2") tall combo guard.

High school

Baron attended and played high school basketball at Bishop Hendricken High School, in Warwick, Rhode Island, and at Worcester Academy, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

College career

Baron began his college basketball career with Virginia (2010–2011). He then played college basketball with Rhode Island (2011–2012). He finished his college basketball career with the Canisius Golden Griffins, in 2014. He was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year, of the 2013–14 season[1] and he was also named to the All-MAAC First Team in 2013 and 2014.

Professional career

Baron played with the Chicago Bulls' summer league squad, in the 2014 NBA Summer League. He then began his pro career in 2014, with the Lithuanian club Lietuvos rytas Vilnius, playing in the Lithuanian League and the European-wide 2nd-tier level EuroCup. He then played with the Detroit Pistons' summer league squad, in the 2015 NBA Summer League.

He joined the Belgian club Spirou Charleroi in 2015, playing in the Belgian League and the EuroCup. He then moved to the Spanish club UCAM Murcia, in 2016, where he played in the Spanish League and the EuroCup. He moved to Turkey in 2017, signing with the Turkish Super League club Eskişehir Basket.

In July 2018, he moved to Serbia and signed with Crvena zvezda for the 2018–19 season.[2][3] With the Zvezda, he won the Adriatic SuperCup and the Adriatic League in 2019, becoming the ABA League Finals MVP. In June 2019, he extended the contract with the Zvezda for one more year.[4]

On July 15, 2020, Baron signed a two-year deal with Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg.[5] He averaged 9.9 points per game. On July 2, 2021, Baron agreed to an additional one-year extension of his contract.[6]

National team career

Baron has been a member of the senior United States national team. He was a member of Team USA at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup, where he won a gold medal.

Personal

Baron is the son of former Canisius basketball head coach, Jim Baron, and the younger brother of the professional basketball player, Jimmy Baron.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ "MAAC Announces 2013-2014 Men's Basketball Awards". Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "Billy Baron pens contract with Crvena zvezda". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Zvezda signs scoring ace Baron". eurocupbasketball.com. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Billy Baron extends contract with Crvena zvezda mts". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Zenit lands shooting guard Baron". euroleague.net. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Zenit St Petersburg, Billy Baron agree to extend contract until 2023". Sportando. July 2, 2021. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  7. ^ Borzello, Jeff (February 13, 2014). "Billy Baron hopes to end up-and-down journey on a high note". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 10, 2014.