Taran Buie, the supremely talented scholastic star at Bishop Maginn whose college career soured, is facing drug charges after his arrest over the weekend.
Buie, 25, of Troy, who led Bishop Maginn to a state title before playing at three different colleges, was a passenger in a car that was stopped at 6 p.m. Saturday while traveling westbound on Route 7 in Rensselaer County. According to state police, a trooper detected an odor of marijuana, and a search of the vehicle uncovered “several plastic baggies containing less than 25 grams of marijuana, approximately 1.9 grams of cocaine, and other items indicating possible sale of narcotics.”
Terrance T. Inman, 24, of Schenectady, the driver, and Buie were arrested, according to the state police information released Monday. Buie is charged with two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Inman faces charges of DWAI-drugs, two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
Both subjects were arraigned and sent to Rensselaer County Jail, on $2,500 bail.
Buie played three varsity seasons at Bishop Maginn, scoring 1,066 points, before transferring to State College (Pa.) High School following his junior year.
He helped the Golden Griffins win a pair of Big 10 and Section II championships and, as a sophomore, the state Class AA title in 2008. As a junior the two-time Daily Gazette All-Area first team selection averaged 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists.
Buie played at Penn State and Hofstra, as well as the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in a checkered career marred by brushes with the law and being booted from Penn State. He was also suspended at Hofstra.
Buie is the brother of Troy junior Daniel Buie, and the younger half-brother of former Bishop Maginn and Penn State standout Talor Battle.
“He’s 25 years old — old enough to make his own decisions,” said Richard Hurley, Buie’s coach at Bishop Maginn. Hurley, who currently coaches Daniel Buie at Troy, declined further comment.