If only the University of Miami had a nuclear training reactor. Maybe then the Hurricanes basketball program could have signed College of Charleston transfer Canyon Barry, son of former UM and NBA legend Rick Barry.
Instead, the sharpshooter chose to pass up his father’s alma mater and play his final year of college basketball at Florida. Barry is a two-time Academic All-American and is graduating this summer with a degree in physics. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in nuclear engineering.
“The University of Florida is a great fit for me for several reasons,” Barry said in a statement. “First, they have an exceptional Nuclear Engineering program and actually have one of the only nuclear training reactors in the Southeast. Secondly, I really like coach [Mike] White, his integrity, his honesty with me, and his style of play. He and I both feel that I can make an immediate contribution.”
Barry averaged 19.7 points per game his junior season, but was limited to 13 games because of a shoulder injury.
▪ Valdosta State 5, Barry men 4: The second-seeded Buccaneers (14-7) fell to visiting Valdosta State (17-6) in in the NCAA South Region 2 championship. The loss ended Barry’s season. The Bucs had advanced to the past three NCAA Championships, winning national titles in 2013 and 2015.
▪ West Florida 5, Nova Southeastern 3: The Sharks (15-5) saw their season come to an end in the NCAA South Region opening round with a loss to the Argos (23-5) in St. Leo.
▪ Keiser 13. St. Thomas 5: Keiser (37-20, 14-10) defeated St. Thomas (35-20, 16-8) in The Sun Conference championship game at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. The Bobcats now await the pairings for the NAIA World Series opening rounds on May 13.
▪ Late Sunday — Barry 11, Florida Southern 4: Ryan Baldwin extended his hitting streak to 19 games, going 2 for 4 with three RBI, and the Bucs (24-2.3, 8-14 Sunshine State Conference) pounded the Moccasins (28-16, 10-9). Julian Abreu went 3 for 4 with two RBI and Jonathan Quintana was 2 for 4 with two RBI as the Buccaneers pounded 15 hits. Quintana has hit safely in his last 13 games. Barry starter Alex Lavendero (7-4) allowed four hits, four runs and struck out six in his final outing of the season.