Buie Takes Inventory of Junior Year

Aside from a couple of losses, Taran Buie has things headed in the right direction for the defending state champs. The junior combo guard gives Scout.com a look into his third season.

Often times the position you play in high school isn't the same one you find yourself occupying in college. Other times, smallish two guards feel the need to transform themselves into point guards. Taran Buie, a junior out of Albany (N.Y.) Bishop Maginn has a great take on his future.

The 6-foot 2010 standout from the Albany City Rocks, rolls with the flow.

"With my high school team I play the one and the two," Buie said. "We have a senior point guard and I play mostly the two and some one. My biggest role this year is leading and trying to get the younger guys going. I wasn't doing a good job earlier the year but it's better now.

"The college guys tell me they see me as a combo guard who can play the one or the two. They tell me that it'll be better for playing time if I can play both positions. I would prefer to play the two, but I'm somewhat undersized for the two. I'd rather play off the dribble, catch it and be triple threat."

Maginn lost two games this year but other than the setbacks, has been successful enough to where Buie doesn't get to play the entire game and yet manages 19 points a contest.

Collegiately, he's a priority recruit for no less than four programs. "A bunch of schools in the Big East tell me that. Some told me they had meetings and said they have guys they have to have."

Notre Dame, Penn State, Maryland and Georgia Tech are the heaviest hitters and programs who covet him the most.

"I've been to all of them right now beside Georgia Tech but I'm working on setting up a visit. I'd like to catch a game before the season is over."

For now, Buie's studying the rosters, checking the incoming recruits and scanning the programs for opportunity. Playing as a freshman is a must and he's going to pick the situation that sets up for him to make a seamless transition.


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