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Taran Buie Hits the Road

This isn’t how we hoped Taran Buie’s story would turn out.

We assume most Alumni Association members recall our Sept/Oct 2010 cover story on Buie and his half-brother Talor Battle, the basketball teammates on whose talents Penn State’s 2010-11 season figured to rest. In that, we were half right: Battle wrapped up arguably the finest career in Nittany Lion history by leading the team to its first NCAA tournament berth since 2001. Buie? The highly touted freshmen showed flashes of promise early in the season, but was suspended indefinitely for violations of team rules at the start of Big Ten play. That suspension ran through the end of the season, leaving most observers to assume Buie wouldn’t be back.

Well, now it’s official. On Monday, coach Ed DeChellis ’82 announced that Buie has been released from his scholarship, leaving him free to play at another school. Buie’s history of minor legal scrapes—most recently, he was one of a handful of Penn State athletes charged with disorderly conduct following a scuffle last month—likely won’t prevent him from finding a suitor, particularly among college coaches who remember him as one of the most talented high school players in the country. It’s a shame he couldn’t follow his older brother’s example: Battle, by all accounts, has been a model student-athlete during his four years on campus.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

April 19, 2011 at 10:29 am 2 comments

A Pivotal Season for Nittany Lion Hoops

The Penn State men’s basketball team held its annual media day Monday afternoon, suiting up for interviews and pictures before running through an open practice. As you’d expect, the mood was good: These preseason gatherings tend to be optimistic, with players and coaches focused on the season’s potential and a schedule loaded with winnable games. But even by those standards, these Nittany Lions seem like an especially positive and confident bunch. That’s encouraging, and perhaps a little surprising.

Last season, (more…)

October 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

Battle & Buie: The Story Behind Our Cover Story

Most Alumni Association members should have their copy of our Sept/Oct issue, with basketball-playing brothers Talor Battle and Taran Buie on the cover. We guessed when we shipped the issue that it would generate some feedback, and that’s already been the case. We’ve received some compliments on the story, but also a handful of letters and phone calls expressing disappointment with the cover photo and the choice of subjects. I imagine we’ll get a few more before it’s all done.

(Not an Alumni Association member? You can read a PDF of the story here.)

For those who might be curious, here’s some background on how — and why — Battle and Buie ended up on our cover. The easy part is that Battle, a senior this year, is on pace to finish as arguably the best basketball player in school history.


September 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm 3 comments

September/October Issue Headed Your Way

Yes, we know it’s football season. But it’s going to be an important year for the men’s basketball team, too, which is why our September/October issue—which should be arriving in your mailbox any day now, depending on where you live—has a couple of basketball players on the cover.

On the left is senior guard Talor Battle, who’s possibly the best player in Penn State history. On the right is his little brother, Taran Buie, a freshman guard who’s probably the most highly touted recruit in the program’s history. Inside, senior editor Ryan Jones ’95 tells the story of their family’s journey to State College and explains why the brothers mean so much to the basketball team, which followed up its 2009 NIT championship with a 20-loss season.

Among the other goodies you’ll find in this issue:

—Stories from alumni explaining how they became Penn Staters. (And next week on the blog, we magazine staffers who are alums will tell you our stories, too.)

—Additional coverage from Tina Hay ’83 about the Alumni Association’s trip to Europe.

—And of course there’s some football, too. We’ve got a piece on Bud Meredith, the University’s ticket manager for the past 44 years, and an essay by Michael Weinreb ’94 pondering the big-picture significance of the 1986 Orange Bowl team and 1987 national championship team.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

August 25, 2010 at 9:46 am 1 comment

Sweating In LeBron’s Shadow, Talor Battle Hopes To Impress

Talor Battle looks tired.

“They’re working us hard, man,” Battle tells me during a break at the LeBron James Skill Academy in Akron, Oh., where he and 19 other top returning college players have spent the past few days. The Nike-run camp exists primarily as a showcase for top high school talent, and about 70 of the best prep players in the country are in town for the week. The college portion of the camp is more selective, with invites limited to 20 guys who are expected to be All-American candidates next season — and possible NBA draft picks in 2011 or beyond.

It’s one of the main events of a busy summer hoop schedule, and one I’ve attended the past four years in a semi-professional capacity, and this annual trip to Akron is a chance to see a lot of the guys I might soon be writing about and also catch up with some old friends. Coming back this summer meant a chance to stand and gawk at the ongoing LeBron James free-agent circus (LeBron-generated hype being a topic I’m pretty familiar with) and, better yet, a chance to see a Nittany Lion basketball player run with some of the nation’s best.

Penn State hoop fans are familiar with Battle’s story: (more…)

July 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm 1 comment

Penn State to Face BYU in… Albany?

This just in from the Penn State sports blog The22000: The Nittany Lion basketball team will reportedly face BYU next December in Albany, N.Y. It may sound like a head-scratcher, but fans who follow Penn State hoops closely will know why it makes perfect sense: All-Big Ten guard Talor Battle, a senior next season, is an Albany native, as is his younger brother and incoming freshman Taran Buie. It’ll be the brothers’ only season together, and the chance to play in front of their hometown crowd seems a great reward for two kids who bypassed more successful programs to come to Penn State.

The choice of opponent seems to make even less sense, but again, it’s about roots: BYU star Jimmer Fredette is another New York state native (with an interesting life story you can read more about here) who was once recruited by Penn State — for football. He’s also a former AAU teammate of Battle.

It won’t be official until it’s official, but it almost makes too much sense not to happen. Geography aside, the matchup would go a long way in helping Penn State improve what has been one of the nation’s weaker non-conference schedules in recent years. BYU is coming off an appearance in this year’s NCAA tournament, while the Nittany Lions are hoping to make their first trip to the Big Dance in a decade. Playing — and beating — a team like BYU would be huge for Battle and Co. if they hope to make that leap next year.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 26, 2010 at 11:12 am 1 comment

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