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Thursday / October 17.
  • Former Penn State guard Taran Buie has made a verbal commitment to Hofstra.

    “Taran is an athletic slasher with deep range on his jump shot,” Albany City Rocks coach Jim Hart said.

    “He has a great mid-range game, good toughness and he’s fearless. Hofstra fans will really enjoy watching Taran play.”

    The news was first reported by Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop.

    The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Buie played in 11 games as a freshman, all in the non-conference season, in his first year at Penn State before being indefinitely suspended by then-head coach Ed DeChellis in late December for a violation of team rules. He averaged 5.8 points and 2.0 rebounds while playing an average of 15.2 minutes per game, reaching double-figures in scoring twice and posting a season high 14 points in a victory over Central Connecticut State.

    The Big East announced the league opponents and game sites for its men’s basketball teams for the 2011-12 season.

    Each of the 16 Big East teams will play either 12 or 13 conference games against NCAA tournament teams.

    The conference schedule will once again include 144 regular-season games as each of the Big East’s 16 teams plays 18 conference games. Each team will face 12 opponents once and three opponents twice.  All 144 regular-season conference games will again be televised, either by CBS Sports, the ESPN family of networks or ESPN Regional Television.

    The decisions regarding repeat opponents are based on natural interest, geography, rivalries, television contractual obligations and competitive balance. Connecticut, which won the 2011 Big East and NCAA championships will face Notre Dame, Seton Hall and Syracuse twice each, while Big East regular-season champion Pittsburgh will have Louisville, USF and West Virginia as its repeat opponents.

    By ALEX KLINE

    After losing a starting lineup full of stars, Brewster Academy in New Hampshire has officially reloaded.

    T.J. Warren, a 6-foot-7 2012 small forward, decided Wednesday to attend the institution in Wolfeboro over Oak Hill Academy, while Aaron Thomas will join him.

    “It’s official, I’m going to Brewster Academy for my senior season,” Warren, who had been at Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, said by phone. “The education at Brewster is great. I’ve been talking to [Memphis player and former Brewster player] Will Barton and he’s been giving me good advice about it. The tradition of the basketball program is great. It’s just a good fit for me.”