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Former Canisius guard Billy Baron to play for Team USA in FIBA Men's AmeriCup

Former Canisius College guard Billy Baron was named to the USA Basketball roster for the 2017 FIBA Men's AmeriCup.

Baron, who was the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year, is the first former Canisius player to represent his country in a FIBA event since Michael Meeks played for Team Canada in the 2002 World Championship.

"All 17 guys that came to camp in Houston had a strong case that they could have made that they should have been selected, but unfortunately, we could only take 12," said Jeff Van Gundy, USA AmeriCup and former NBA head coach. "It was very, very difficult getting down to that number, but we feel very happy with the guys that we have selected. We feel we have positional versatility, we have a good balance between size and quickness, so it will be interesting for us to go to Uruguay and see what we can do."

A 2014 Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention selection, Baron closed out his career at Canisius as just the fourth in program history to score more than 1,400 career points while dishing out 350-plus career assists.

The USA training camp continues through Aug. 24 at the University of Houston's Guy V. Lewis Development Facility. The USA will also train Aug. 25-27 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and will participate in the AmeriCup Group C preliminary round games Aug. 28-30 in Montevideo.

The United States will open its AmeriCup Group C preliminary play on Aug. 28 facing Panama, then meet host Uruguay on Aug. 29  and conclude preliminary play on Aug. 30 against Dominican Republic.

Argentina, as host, and the top finishing teams from Group A, Group B and Group C will advance to Córdoba, Argentina, to play in the Sept. 2 semifinals and the bronze and gold medal games on Sept. 3.

The FIBA AmeriCup 2017, considered the FIBA Americas zone championship, will feature 12 nations from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.

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