Tag:Taran Buie
Posted on: June 30, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 7:35 pm

Hofstra lands Penn State transfer Taran Buie

By Jeff Goodman

Mo Cassara added UConn transfer Jamal Coombs-McDaniel earlier this month – and now he’s added another high-major talent in Taran Buie.

The former Penn State guard confirmed to CBSSports.com that he has decided to transfer to Hofstra.

The 6-foot-2 Buie was a Top 100 player coming out of high school and visited Maryland, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Rutgers and Penn State.

Cassara was on staff at Boston College at the time – and the Eagles were just one of numerous high-major schools to offer the New York native.

However, Buie’s season at Penn State wasn’t much of a success. He played in just 11 games, averaging 5.8 points per game, before being suspended for violating team rules.

Both Coombs-McDaniel and Buie will sit out this season and become eligible in 2012.

In 2012, Cassara could put out a starting lineup of URI transfer Stevie Mejia -- who is eligible this season after sitting out this past season -- Buie, Coombs-McDaniel and David Imes, who averaged 7.6 points and 6.8 boards this past season as a sophomore.

Sources also told CBSSports.com that Hofstra leads for its top target in the Class of 2012, Xaverian shooting guard Brian Bernardi – who was on campus earlier this week. 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 4:56 pm

Penn State transfer Taran Buie still taking trips

By Jeff Borzello

Former Penn State guard Taran Buie is still going through the process of taking visits in order to determine his next visit.

Jim Hart, Buie’s former AAU coach with the Albany City Rocks, said Thursday that the 6-foot-2 Buie visited Hofstra recently and the Pride could end up being his destination.

“Mo Cassara recruited him while he was at Boston College, and he likes him,” Hart said. “They’re doing good things there. Jamal Coombs-McDaniel just transferred there, Charles Jenkins just got drafted.”

Buie, an Albany, N.Y., native, averaged 5.8 points during his freshman season with the Nittany Lions.

Towson and Colorado are also interested in picking up Buie on the transfer market, but there’s a sleeper option in the mix -- Hutchinson Community College (Kan.).

“He’s visiting a junior college for some reason,” Hart said. “I guess the idea is that he would spend one year there and then get back to the highest level, maybe a Colorado or an Alabama.”

Hart thinks the best option would be heading to Long Island and playing for the Pride.

“In my opinion, he should go to Hofstra,” he said. “He would have a great three years with them.”

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 19, 2011 7:06 pm

Troubled Buie leaves Penn State

Posted by Eric Angevine

Taran Buie has left the Penn State program and will transfer to another university, according to the PSU student newspaper the Daily Collegian.

If you're sitting there, thinking back to Penn State's second round loss to Temple, trying to remember when Buie was on the floor, don't bother. In reality, Buie checked out on the Nittany Lions almost as soon as he set foot on campus. The younger half-brother of PSU star Talor Battle was the highest-rated recruit of Ed DeChellis' career, but his head never got on the same page with his body during a tumultuous and curtailed freshman season.

Buie was cited by local law enforcement twice over the summer, once for underage drinking and once for fighting. Not really uncommon behavior for a college kid, really. Then came a violation of team rules that resulted in his suspension from the team on December 27. Buie never came back from that forced time off, and tacked on a disorderly conduct citation on February 28.

Apparently, not even Buie's talent, which had him rated as one of the top 100 players in his class by some scouts, could save him from his poor off-court behavior.

“I met with Taran following the conclusion of the season and we agreed it was in his best interest and in the interest of our program for him to pursue the remainder of his career at another school,” DeChellis said in a statement released by the PSU athletic department.

Buie, like Battle, is from upstate New York, but there has been little indication whether he'll look to transfer closer to home, or simply look for a program with the right fit and - shall we say - a somewhat less vigilant reputation?

Buie left himself very little opportunity to prove his gifts to any future suitors. In 11 games, he averaged 15 minutes and 5.8 points per game. His best performance was a 14-point effort against Central Connecticut on November 22.

This leaves DeChellis in dire straits again, even though Buie was not producing on the court. Losing Battle and Buie in the same season makes him, once again, a coach without a clear direction for his program. The recent NCAA appearance was the first in DeChellis' eight-year tenure in State College, but that one loss - to an in-state rival, no less - likely won't be enough to grant DeChellis a tenth season should his team fall apart in 2011-12.
Posted on: February 1, 2011 10:24 am
Edited on: February 1, 2011 10:54 am

PSU's Battle trails hometown buddy Fredette

Talor Battle grabs a rebound at Purdue

Posted by Eric Angevine

Talor Battle (No. 12, above) is a high-scoring, do-it-all, senior guard from Albany, New York, starring for a team that wears blue and white.

Where have we heard that before?

Oh, right, that's Jimmer Fredette's story, too.

Hold on to your hats, kids. According to Penn State beat writer David Jones of the Patriot News, Jimmer and Talor were AAU teammates back in their shared hometown.

The word you hear now is that Jimmer Fredette was there for the taking for pretty much any D-I program that wanted him. Even Penn State.

Supposedly, Fredette was a 2- or 3-star talent. And the Nittany Lion staff even had a contact on his Albany City Rocks AAU team – a kid who'd already committed to PSU named Talor Battle. Battle played with Fredette on two different City Rocks teams, when the two teenagers were 15 and 17.

“He was really good even then,” said Battle on Friday night after PSU's practice. “He could score the ball, he could shoot. He always could play the game.

“But I think everyone was pretty sure he was going to either BYU or Utah, being Mormon. He's really into his religion.”

That's the excuse we hear these days, but imagine what Penn State could have been today if they had at least taken a shot at signing both upstate New Yorkers? That's a talent logjam PSU coach Ed DeChellis would love to have right about now.

Anyway, Battle could use a little of that Jimmer magic when his Nittany Lions enter Champaign's Assembly Hall tonight to take on the once-ranked but sliding Fighting Illini. The trip has already faced some difficulties, as the PSU charter was forced to land in Evansville, Indiana last night due to icy weather in central Illinois. Assuming they can make it the rest of the way by bus today, the ensuing game should be a real test for Battle and his teammates as they try to ride the momentum gained from an upset of No. 15 Wisconsin.

Actually, Battle has a fair amount of magic already. He's scored 20-plus points in the Lions' two recent wins, and has made a habit of getting the most out of this 6-foot frame in every other facet of the game as well. What Fredette has, and Battle is struggling to find, is a strong supporting cast. Senior forward Jeff Brooks is the team's top rebounder and second-leading scorer, but his play has been erratic even during the recent two-game surge. Despite being 6-8, Brooks grabbed just three rebounds against rebuilding Iowa and a measly two in the upset of the Badgers. The Lions' third-leading scorer is also a senior, but 6-7 David Jackson has shown a similar difficulty establishing a rhythm throughout the season.

Another Albany kid, Battle's half-brother Taran Buie, could be a real help to the team right now if he weren't suspended indefinitely. He started just 11 games for the Nittany Lions before DeChellis benched him for a violation of team rules. Buie was a four-star recruit, and DeChellis had to sweat bullets to get him to Penn State, and yet had the guts to sit him when the kid acted up. That's a gold star in the head coach's life book, but could contribute to a hasty exit at season's end if he can't keep rolling to an above-.500 record in the Big Ten, and an NCAA bid.

That last is a pretty tall order. Even after the signature win in Madison, Penn State is behind the 8-ball. The team is 5-4 in the Big Ten and needs a very strong finish to make up for some horrific failures in the non-conference season. At the time, losses to Ole Miss, Maryland and Virginia Tech didn't seem so bad. The 74-64 home loss to Maine at the Bryce Jordan Center in late December is a real stinker no matter how you slice it, though.

Talor Battle and Penn State need a very consistent effort over the remaining nine games of the regular season. They need a decent seed in the league tourney and some insurance wins in order to dream of an NCAA tourney bid that could save DeChellis' job and put a pleasant coda on Battle's frustrating four years in Happy Valley. a big win in Champaign tonight would make that sound so much less like an impossible long shot.
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