Laramie County Community College standout Landon Taliaferro has decided on Fairfield University in Connecticut to continue his college basketball career.
Sophomore guard Taliaferro (Boulder, Colorado) was named to the 2018 All-Region IX First Team and led the country in three pointers made with 130. Taliaferro led the Golden Eagles in scoring this year, averaging 22.1 pointers per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor.
Taliaferro was considering UNC-Greensboro, McNeese State and Cal State Bakersfield before deciding on Fairfield.
Fairfield was the only school that Taliaferro visited but knew the fit was right for him.
“I chose Fairfield because of the teammates and coaches,” Taliaferro said. “It’s a competitive environment, but they are all trying to help each other get better.”
In his first season, Taliaferro was seldomly used as a shooter before becoming a leader his sophomore season. He said the experience of a junior college definitely helped lead him to signing with a Division I program.
“It gave me some good experience,” Taliaferro said. “When you go to a juco you have to prove yourself to make it out. You just have to keep your head down and keep working. I think it prepared me in the way to just kinda get a little more serious and realize that you are here to move on. You gotta do what you gotta do.”
Even after such a successful sophomore season, Taliaferro said he still knows playing at the Division I level is an honor.
“It’s huge,” Taliaferro said. “Not everyone gets the opportunity and I am very thankful.”
Fairfield University competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, where in 2018 they finished with a 17-16 record. The Stags finished the season one game short of the NCAA tournament, losing to the Iona Gaels 83-71 in the MAAC Basketball Championship final. Fairfield faced four teams outside of conference play that made the NCAA tournament, going 2-2 in those meetings.
Taliaferro said he hopes to fit in with his new teammates and help them win.
“I just want to help the team win, that’s the big thing,” Taliaferro said. “I think winning is everything at the next level obviously. Just help the team win and make lifelong friends and play my basketball and just be my best self.”
Taliaferro plans to study economics at Fairfield.