Buie Taking A Closer Look At Irish

Whether it's drills where he is quickly shooting off a screen, or another pulling up for a jump shot in transition, Taran Buie is steady at work on his mid-range game.

"I don't work on just that specifically, but I try and incorporate that a lot into my workouts," the 6-foot, 170-pound Albany, N.Y. product said.

"It's just, I'm trying to get to the next level. I think after studying and watching, if you want to get to the next level at my size, you have to be special. You have to do something better than everyone else, or something especially good, so I try and do that."

When talking about the next level, Taran Buie speaks of the NBA. However, his hard work and talent has guaranteed him a spot on the college level. Several college programs including Notre Dame, Maryland, Marquette, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse, Xavier and Penn State, where his brother Talor Battle plays ball, have all already offered a scholarship to the class-of-2010 standout.

Buie says it's too early to name favorites, but the Irish are one of the programs that are recruiting him the hardest. Assistant coach Anthony Solomon has been out to a few open gyms at Bishop Maginn High, where Buie averaged 17.1 points per game in helping lead his team to a state title as a sophomore. Buie and Solomon also keep in regular touch via phone and email.

Mike Brey accompanied Solomon on one of those trips to watch Buie play during an open gym, and has also talked with Buie a few times.

"I like the Irish," Buie stated. "I like coach Soloman, I like coach Brey, I like the offense they run. They score a lot of points. They led the nation in assists last year, and with scoring, I think that goes hand in hand.

Buie has taken trips to Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers and Syracuse in the past. He will see Notre Dame for the first time the weekend of Oct. 4th.

"I'm going to the football game (the Irish host Stanford) and a practice," Buie said. He is coming with his AAU coach. "I'll be there from Friday to Sunday.

"I want to get a look at their facilities, the atmosphere, the school. It's not all about basketball, it's the whole thing. I want to see how the players act with each other, other than basketball, like at the football game. I want to see the chemistry that they have. And just the whole school, I'm trying to take in as much as I can."

Notre Dame is a school Buie is beginning to learn a lot about.

"I'm starting to take a closer look at them," he said. Buie has a 90-percent grade average and is thinking about majoring in business or engineering. "I watched their football for decades. My grandfather is a big Notre Dame fan, so whenever we go to family reunions all we hear about is Notre Dame. He actually wants to come down and visit with me, so I'll have to see with him. He might meet us down there next weekend."

Buie also plans on visiting Maryland for its Midnight Madness the weekend of Oct. 18th, and is going to Georgia Tech the following weekend. Buie could begin to narrow down his list of a schools to some favorites following that, targeting a late spring or summer verbal commitment date.

"I think it's one of those things when you see the place, you get that feeling I want to be here, this is where I want to go," Buie said. "Every university pretty much has the same thing once you get to the bigger universities. You have to get that gut feeling."

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