“Sophomore guard Taran Buie has left the team for personal reasons. Buie, who has asked for and been granted his release, averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 30 games this season. Buie will continue his academic pursuits at Hofstra while determining where he will complete his degree and basketball career,” Hofstra Athletic Communications announced in an official Roster Update release today.
Buie was one of the six Pride players to be arrested this season, the series of events that ultimately played an important role in head coach Mo Cassara’s firing a few weeks ago.
A transfer from Penn State, Buie has played just one season in Hempstead, N.Y. The younger brother of Penn State legend Talor Battle, Buie was handed the keys to the Pride’s success on the court, but the team ultimately came up short as players were dropping left and right.
Following the four players that were arrested and suspended from the team in the middle of the season, five players graduating and Buie departing the program, Hofstra men’s basketball and interim head coach Patrick Sellers were left with just four remaining scholarship players. Those players are Stephen Nwuakoni, Moussa Kone, Jordan Allen and Darren Payen.
Buie’s decision to remain at Hofstra until the end of this semester for purely academic reasons may be an effort to show other programs and institutions he is still committed to being a college basketball player despite having his first two seasons in the NCAA end in turmoil.
The guard was originally rumored to have left Penn State for Iowa State back in April 2011. Perhaps Buie will look again to move into a high major and become a part of a team instead of the leader of a struggling program.