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Buie Reviews Maryland Visit
There's little doubt Buie is one of the top players on Maryland's recruiting board, regardless of grade. So the standout junior from Albany, N.Y., knew he'd be getting the red carpet treatment form the staff on during his visit this past weekend; he just wasn't expecting it from the fans and students.
There were numerous signs in the stands at Maryland Madness this weekend imploring the 6-foot-3 combo guard to become a Terp and to join fellow junior guard prospect Isaiah Epps in Maryland's future backcourt. The affable Buie, who chatted and took pictures with some of those students, was flattered.
"That was surprising to me. I was a surprise about how many people knew about me. Some of the signs even had my nickname [Ron-Ron]," he said.
Buie arrived Friday and took a tour of the Under Armour factory, reviewing Maryland's new uniforms and the new UA shoes, before having lunch with some faculty to learn more about the academic side of things at Maryland. Then came Maryland Madness, which he enjoyed thoroughly. He began Saturday by attending practice and then attended the football game against Wake Forest.
"Gary [Williams] was looking over at me in between drills to get a feel for what I was thinking," he said.
Buie also had the chance, along with his mother, to sit down and talk at length with the Terps' head coach.
"I had a chance to talk to Gary a lot. It was good because my mom was there," he said. "She loved [Maryland] and the location, because she's actually going to be moving to Pennsylvania."
Buie had been to Maryland earlier this year when school was out of session and was looking forward to getting a feel for what the campus is like when students are in.
"I loved it. I could definitely see myself walking around that campus. I also got to hang out with Greivis Vasquez," he said.
Buie said he and Epps, the touted point guard from Plainfield, N.J., spoke again about the possibilities of playing together.
"He was talking about that, telling me about how good we could be there together," he said. "He's visiting Pitt as well, that's the other big interest for him."
Buie will take an unofficial to Pittsburgh this weekend, followed by another to Notre Dame. He'd also like to get to Penn State, where his brother Talor Battle plays. Though there's a chance he could make an early commitment, he's still not planning on it.
"I'm getting a better feel for what to look for," he said. "I don't want to commit and then have to de-commit or anything like that."
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