Shooting guard set to continues his playing career at Fairfield University

Sophomore guard Landon Taliaferro signs his letter of intent to play for Fairfield University in Connecticut on April 13. Photo by Tyler Haak

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.”

Landon Taliaferro led all NJCAA players with 130 made three pointers on 48 percent shooting from behind the arc. Photo by Nikole Anderson

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.

About Tyler Haak (64 Articles)
Tyler Haak is a young man who grew up in the great state of Wyoming. After graduating from East High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he decided to pursue a higher education. He moved to Laramie, Wyoming, where he was accepted into the College of Business at the University of Wyoming. During his time there he studied accounting and finance but he could never find what he was truly passionate about. Along with attending the University of Wyoming, he also spent a year and a half at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne. Tyler finally found his passion after attending the Colorado Media School in Denver, Colorado. He originally attended the school because of his passion for sports radio, but he became very interested in the video side of sports. After graduating from CMS, he took a job at the University of Wyoming working sporting events with the video and audio crew. Tyler is currently still with the University of Wyoming and has decided to pursue his education further in hopes to become a full-time employee in sports broadcasting. Tyler is enrolled at LCCC and will receive a degree in Mass Media in the spring of 2018. He plans on furthering his education and receiving a sports broadcasting degree once he is done at LCCC.

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