Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball

Taran Buie Leaves Hofstra Pride Basketball Program for ‘Personal Reasons’

+Read full article

Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

“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.

 

Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. He also hosts the CAA Relay Podcast. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball Videos

Virginia Tech vs. Virginia Basketball Highlights (2015-16)

Virginia Tech vs. Virginia: The No. 7 Cavaliers led from wire-to-wire to beat in-state rival Virginia Tech, 67-49. Anthony Gill was one of four UVA scorers in double figures with 16 points. The win was the Cavaliers' seventh in a row as they improve to 9-3 in the ACC. Chris Clarke returned from injury for the Hokies and had 11 points in the loss.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball Videos

North Carolina vs. Boston College Basketball Highlights (2015-16)

North Carolina vs. Boston College: The No. 9 Tar Heels were thoroughly tested in their 68-65 win over the Eagles. Justin Jackson led a 2nd-half comeback for Carolina, scoring 13 of his 20 points after the break. Roy Williams left the game in the 2nd half due to vertigo-related dizziness and did not return. Eli Carter scored a game-high 26 points for BC in the loss.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball Videos

Pittsburgh vs. Miami Basketball Highlights (2015-16)

Pittsburgh vs. Miami: Angel Rodriguez tipped in a missed shot with just over a second to go in the game, propelling the Canes to a 65-63 win over the Panthers. Rodriguez finished with 17 points and 8 assists in the win, while Michael Young had 12 points in the losing effort.

Comment 0 Comments