Joe Harris has been replaced by his former roommate at Virginia in this week's State Farm College 3-Point Championship in Texas.
Harris was announced on Tuesday as one of the eight competitors in this year's shootout, which will be held Thursday night at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. But on Wednesday morning, UVa announced that Harris had withdrawn from the competition due to academic obligations.
"I was incredibly honored by the opportunity to participate in the three-point competition," Harris said in a UVa release. "After reviewing the travel schedule and my class commitments, I just couldn't make it work."
Canisius senior guard -- and one-time Cavalier -- Billy Baron will replace Harris in the competition. Harris and Baron were both part of Tony Bennett's first recruiting class as coach at Virginia, and were roommates until Baron's departure from UVa after 17 games. Baron left UVa to transfer to Rhode Island, where his father Jim was head coach.
After a year at Rhode Island, Baron followed his father to Canisius for his final two college seasons. The younger Baron was a two-time All-MAAC selection with the Golden Griffins, and was named the conference player of the year this season after averaging 24.1 points per game. He also broke the Canisius school record with 107 three-pointers this season.
Baron now joins a field at the 3-point contest that also includes Andre Dawkins (Duke), Brady Heslip (Baylor), Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss), Luke Hancock (Louisville), Ethan Wragge (Creighton), Akeem Richmond (East Carolina) and Travis Bader (Oakland).
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