Buie Has A Good Time In South Bend

Since coming to Notre Dame in July of 2000, Mike Brey has built a reputation of being a players' coach.

There might not be a position on the floor that Brey has built more special relationships with, than his point guards.

Brey was close with Chris Thomas, then Chris Quinn and now Tory Jackson.

Jackson is just a junior, and the floor general for the ninth-ranked Irish team. Brey gets two more years with the Saginaw, Mich., product, but he's already looking for Jackson's successor.

Perhaps it will be Taran Buie.

This past weekend, the class-of-2010, four-star player out of Albany, N.Y., made his first-ever visit to Notre Dame's campus.

"It was great," Buie stated. Rich Hurley, Buie's Bishop Maginn coach also made the trip. "I loved it. It's different than most universities I've been to personally. It's different. It was a great experience. The tradition and coach they have down there is a great thing.

"I went on the visit not knowing what to expect. It just felt like it was a new experience, just because it's so small, it's a lot smaller than the big universities, and how everyone there knows each other, and the athletes are icons there."

Buie arrived Friday night during halftime of Notre Dame's 103-64 exhibition victory over Briar Cliff.

"They played like Notre Dame," the 6-foot Buie said. "They played like the Irish. Twenty assists, 100 something points, double digit 3-pointers.

"It's the perfect offense for me I feel."

As a sophomore, Buie, who has a 90-percent grade average, netted 17.1 points per game in helping lead his team to a state championship. Following the Irish win, he got some one-on-one time with Brey in the coach's office.

"He was just talking to me about the timing, and how perfect it would be for me to come in and play, and how Notre Dame is a guard-based school," Buie explained. "He said he's a point guard coach, and said his relationships with point guards dating back to Chris Thomas have been phenomenal, and if I choose Notre Dame we could have a great relationship and he'd help get me to the NBA.

"Coach Brey made me a promise, that with my skill level, he would make me an NBA player."

Programs like Maryland, Marquette, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse and Xavier are telling Buie the same things.

Buie left the Joyce Center Friday night with Jackson and junior guard Jonathan Peoples.

"They said it was a great place for me coming in," Buie said. "They told me good things about it, and they showed me a good time this weekend. They also told me the timing, and how it would be perfect for me to come in because they'd all be leaving. It's the perfect opportunity for me to come in and play, and start, and do some things."

Buie woke up on Saturday morning, had breakfast with the team, walked around the campus, met an academic advisor, and went to the basketball tailgate before the football game. One of the best parts of the trip was Notre Dame's 36-33 quadruple overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

"It was great," Buie said. "It was my first Notre Dame football game, and it was everything I could expect and I heard. I got to go down on the field so that was good."

After the game, Buie hung out with the Irish basketball team, and he left on Sunday morning.

Buie plans on still trying to get to Georgia Tech in the near future, but other than that, he is turning his attention towards his junior season.

"I want to win games, I want to win another state championship," Buie stated.

"Notre Dame, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Texas and Penn State, those are not my top five schools, but they're leading the way."

Buie said he'd like to get back to Notre Dame in the future. He's certainly going to be hearing from the Irish staff.

"Coach Anthony Solomon is leading Taran's recruitment," Hurley said. "I speak to coach twice a week. They've been up to McGinn four times, coach Brey once. They've made it be known how much they want Taran at Notre Dame.

"They've made it perfectly clear."

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