The Hofstra Pride won’t be missing NBA draft pick Charles Jenkins for too long. That’s because they’ve gone out and snagged Taran Buie, who was once the crown jewel of Penn State’s 2010 recruiting class. Penn State’s dramatic run to the NIT championship in 2009 gave Buie a reason to choose the Nittany Lions over “real” basketball schools like Syracuse and Maryland, but the phenom was suspended just 11 games into his career because of an unspecified rule violation.
After that, it became more and more evident as the season wore on that Buie would be leaving to play ball elsewhere. The good news is, as Buie moves on to his next destination, Penn State basketball has already gotten over him with a new coach and new recruiting prospects. It’s too bad that Buie could not become the next Talor Battle at PSU, but thanks to Pat Chambers and company, there’s still plenty to look forward to.
Bowman in trouble
When we last heard from rising sophomore shooting guard Tre Bowman, he was being charged with disorderly contact because of State Patty’s Day incident. Back then it still looked like Bowman would be able to compete for a starting job on the basketball team this November, but now we find out that Pat Chambers has removed him from the roster for the fall semester.
David Jones reports that Pat Chambers is suspending the guard until “Bowman’s performance both on and off the court meets his specifications.”
Even if Bowman is activated once Big Ten play begins, at that point he may have been surpassed on the depth chart by fellow sophomore Jermaine Marshall and freshman Trey Lewis. That’s not good news for Penn State on the court because they’ll likely need all the help they can get this season. In the long run, however, it’s good that Coach Chambers is as no-nonsense about misconduct as he appeared in his introductory press conference.