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Posted on: March 4, 2012 12:27 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 12:30 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Rhode Island has parted ways with Jim Baron.
Sources confirmed that the 57-year-old was informed of the decision on Sunday morning, following a dismal campaign in which the Rams finished 7-24 overall 4-12 in A-10 play and failed to qualify for the league tournament.
The news was first reported by New York Times' Pete Thamel via Twitter.
Baron spent 11 years in Kingston, R.I. - and won 20 games four consecutive seasons leading up to this year.
But he was never able to get the Rams to the NCAA tournament and many in the state were upset about his salary. He had two years remaining on his contract which paid him about $600,000 per season.
Another aspect of dismissal is that his youngest son, Billy, transferred from Virginia in the middle of last season and became eligible at the semester break this year.
Billy Baron averaged 13 points in 20 games this season.
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:12 pm
By Matt Norlander
The only way Rhode Island's making it into the blog with a standalone post this season:
Guard Jamal Wilson has been dismissed from the University of Rhode Island basketball team by head coach Jim Baron for an unspecified violation of team rules.In particularly bad seasons, it's rare for a team to shove its best player off the team, but when it's really bad, who knows how much worse it can be in a locker room. Coaches get fed up; everyone's frustrated. For a senior to get the boot, though? Even more surprising. Baron's in his 10th year at URI, and it's on pace to be worse than his 2004-05 campaign, when the Rams went 6-22. The Rams have averaged 22.5 wins the past four seasons.
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 2:43 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Jim Baron grew up is the Cooper Park Houses, a Brooklyn project about 15 minutes away from the new Barclays Center.
No one was happier when hearing of the A-10 conference tournament moving to Brooklyn than Rhode Island's head coach.
"It's great," Baron said. "I still can't believe it. It's a big-time arena and it'll allow a lot of synergy - not only for us."
Baron spoke glowingly of the facility and how this move can help the league in every regard, attracting more alumni due to the New York attractions and also taking advantage from a recruiting standpoint.
Baron also knows the move from Atlantic City, N.J., to Brooklyn will also help in terms of media exposure.
He also offered to buy me a token so I could get on the train and make the short trek from the Big East tournament to the A-10.
I'm sure I won't be alone in terms of media members who try and pull double-duty between the two league tournaments.
"It's a great move," Baron added. "Especially to do it for five years. That gives us continuity and the ability to establish ourselves and establish the league."
The five-year deal was huge for the league because now it'll make it difficult for both the Big East and ACC to both house their league tournaments in New York City - which was one scenario being bandied about.
"I grew up in the projects in Brooklyn," Baron said. "The area has had a complete resurgence. The area I grew up in is yuppies and high-rises now."
Posted on: August 15, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 4:06 pm
By Jeff Goodman
A-10 Offseason Report
Charlotte – The 49ers will play against Miami, at Memphis (12-31) and at Arkansas. Gokhan Sirin left the program and DeMario Mayfield is eligible after sitting out last season following a transfer from Georgia.
Dayton – The Flyers are in the midst of a trip overseas to Amsterdam and France. Archie Miller put together a staff of Kevin Kuwik (Ohio State), Allen Griffin (Hofstra), Tom Ostrom (Arkansas) and Bill Comar as the director of operations. The Flyers will play in the Old Spice Classic and also have non-league games vs. Alabama (11-7), vs. Seton Hall (12-21), vs. Mississippi (12-30) and at Miami. Brandon Spearman (Indian Hills) and Juwan Staten (West Virginia) left the program while Vee Sanford (Georgetown) transferred in. Kevin Dillard (Southern Illinois) is eligible this season after sitting out last year.
Duquesne – Ron Everhart’s team is in the tail end of a trip to Canada. Amadou Koundoul replaces Greg Gary, who left to go to Purdue. The Dukes will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer event and also have non-league games against Pittsburgh (11-30), against Penn State (12-10) and at George Mason (12-21). Joel Wright (Blinn JC) left and Rodrigo Peggau graduated early and enrolled at Seton Hall College.
Fordham – Derrick Phelps left his position as the video coordinator to join King Rice’s staff at Monmouth. The Rams will play at Syracuse (11-12), at St. John’s (12-17) and at Georgia Tech (12-29). Brian Freeman, Rayner Moquete and Fahro Alihodzic all transferred out of the program.
George Washington – New coach Mike Lonergan (above) brought Hajj Turner with him from Vermont – and added Pete Strickland (N.C. State) and Kevin Sutton (Montverde Academy) as well as former Maryland video coordinator Matt Lisiewski as his director of basketball operations. He also added former Vermont guard Maurice Joseph as his assistant DOBO. The Colonials will play in the CBE Classic against Cal and also will face VCU in the BT&T Classic (12-4) at the Verizon Center yet. GW will also play at Kansas State (12-1), at Syracuse (12-10), vs. UAB (12-28) and at Harvard (1-14) in the non-conference. Chris Fitzgerald (Columbia) and Tim Johnson both left the program.
La Salle – John Giannini and the Explorers just returned from a trip to Canada. La Salle will play in the Hoop Group Classic (11-25/26) and also has non-league games at Villanova (11-15) and at Pittsburgh (11-22). Aaric Murray (West Virginia) transferred out while Ramon Galloway (South Carolina) came in and will be eligible to play this season after receiving a waiver from the NBA. Taylor Dunn (Winthrop) is also eligible this season after sitting out last year.
Rhode Island – Larry Harris (N.C. State) replaced Kevin Clark (Towson). The Rams will play in the Legends Classic (at Texas on Nov. 15) and also in the UCF Holiday Classic along with James Madison and Stetson. Non-league games include at BC (1-2), at Nebraska (11-20), vs. Virginia Tech (12-7) and vs. Providence (12-23). Akeem Richmond transferred to East Carolina. Billy Baron (Virginia) and Andre Malone (Auburn) are both eligible after the first semester.
Richmond – The Spiders replaced director of basketball operations Marcus Jenkins, who left for Princeton, with Kim Lewis. Chris Mooney’s team will play in the Cancun Challenge and also has non-conference dates at Wake Forest (12-3), at VCU (12-10), at UCLA (12-23) and at home against Old Dominion (12-20).
Saint Louis – Rick Majerus is expected to go with the team from Aug. 19-29 to Canada. Porter Moser took the head job at Loyola-Chicago and Tony Young was promoted. The Billikens will play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim and also have non-conference games against Washington (11-20) and at New Mexico (11-31). Christian Salecich transferred to Missouri Southern while Jake Barnett (Toledo) is eligible this season and Kwamain Mitchell will return to the court after missing last year.
Saint Joseph’s – Phil Martelli’s team will play in the Charleston Classic and also has non-league contests vs. Villanova (12-17), vs. Penn State (11-26), vs. Creighton (12-10) and at Harvard (12-31). Carl Baptiste (Delaware) and Justin Crosgile (Eastern Washington) left while Todd O’Brien graduated early and has enrolled at UAB. Hanil Kanesevic (Hofstra) is eligible and should be an impact player for the Hawks immediately.
St. Bonaventure – Mark Schmidt’s team will play at Virginia Tech (11-27), at Illinois (12-7) and against N.C. State (12-20) in Rochester. Brett Roseboro transferred to UMBC.
Temple – Matt Langel got the head job at Colgate and was replaced by Dwayne Killings (BU). The Owls will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and also have a non-conference slate that includes games at Penn (11-14), vs. Villanova (12-10), at Texas (12-17), vs. Duke (1-4) and vs. Maryland (1-21) at the Palestra. Dalton Pepper transferred in from West Virginia and will sit out this season.
UMass – Derek Kellogg’s team will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. The Minutemen will play at BC and against Siena. Chaz Williams is eligible after transferring in from Hofstra a year ago.
Xavier – Chris Mack replaced Pat Kelsey and Brian Thornton with Kareem Richardson (Drake) and Jeremy Growe. The Musketeers will play in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii (12-22/25) and also have a non-league slate that includes home games against Georgia (11-25), Purdue (12-3), Cincinnati (12-10) Gonzaga (12-31) and road contests against Vanderbilt (11-28), Butler (12-7) and Memphis (2-4). Jay Canty (Appalachian State) and Jordan Latham (Loyola) transferred out while Isaiah Philmore (Towson) transferred in. Andree Walker (Vandy) also came in and is eligible for his final year this season. Travis Taylor is also eligible after sitting out last season following his transfer from Monmouth. Justin Martin sat out last season due to academics.
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Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2011 1:35 pm
Posted by Jeff Borzello
Watching Derrick Griffin run the floor and grab alley-oops – over and over and over – you would think he doesn’t even hesitate when going up for a dunk.
Interestingly, the 6-foot-6 forward from Terry (Tex.) does have second thoughts the split-second before he skies over defenders.
“Sometimes, I do get nerves,” Griffin said.
Of course, those thoughts quickly dissipate, turning into a confidence where he knows he can out-leap nearly any opponent.
“Then I just jump,” Griffin said. “If it’s there, I’m going to get it.”
Teamed with two top-10 prospects in twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Griffin was the one who stole the show at last weekend’s Nike Baltimore Elite Invitational. He wowed the crowd with one-handed finishes, alley-oops when he rose high above the rim and big-time blocks on the defensive end.
Although he can certainly make an impact at the next level in basketball, Griffin is also a stud football player. As a wide receiver, Griffin reportedly caught 18 touchdown passes, proving to be an impossible match-up with his athleticism and strength.
Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon, Kansas and USC have already reached out to the sophomore for both sports.
He has not made up his mind as to which sport he will play in the future, but Griffin knows his development might be better suited for the hardwood.
“If I get taller, I’m going to play basketball,” he said.
Lee to take it to the next level
Britton Lee understands.
The Roman Catholic (Pa.) sophomore knows he’s 5-foot-10 and isn’t yet a pure point guard or a big-time shooter. He knows he has room to improve and has a lot of work to do in order to reach his goals.
“I need to work on my jump shot, need to work on my handle,” Lee said.
With that said, Lee also envisions himself as a major conference player.
“I think I can go high-major,” he said.
For now, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Xavier and Niagara are showing varying levels of interest.
- The U-16 group of the Team Final AAU program is one of the top groups in the country, although they also play up an age group in a few tournaments. In addition to Lee and high-major prospects Austin Colbert, Rondae Jefferson and Davon Reed, head coach Rob Brown also has plenty of other players at his disposal.
Yosef Yacob, a 6-foot point guard from Archbishop Carroll (Pa.), is hearing from Canisius, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s and Drexel. Yacob is long and an effective facilitator.
Johnnie Davis might be undersized at 6-foot-4, but the Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) forward is productive. Davis is hearing from schools like Niagara and George Mason, but also has high-majors like Pittsburgh tracking him.
- At the Nike Baltimore Elite Invitational last weekend, the New Jersey Playaz should have run roughshod over Threat 220. One player wouldn’t let that happen, though: Junius Thomas.
Thomas, a 6-foot-5 forward from Anacostia (D.C.), was outstanding. He blocked shots, finished above the rim, dominated the glass and single-handedly kept an undermanned Threat team in the game. While they eventually lost, Thomas might have been the most impressive player all game.
If he can get his academics in order, he has the potential to be at least a mid-level player. Thomas did mention hearing from St. Bonaventure and Clemson
Posted on: May 12, 2011 10:06 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 10:09 pm
Posted by Jeff Borzello
Not surprisingly, the majority of Rhode Island’s roster comes from New England or the New York/New Jersey area.
To round out their recruiting class, though, the Rams reached into Georgia and grabbed Dominique McKoy.
“When I took my visit, I felt really comfortable there,” McKoy told CBSSports.com. “Me and all the coaches have a good relationship. Me and my family felt this was the best place for me to be and I love the playing style.”
The 6-foot-7 small forward from South Atlanta (Ga.) chose Rhode Island over La Salle, Providence and Tulane.