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2004-05 D-I All-Independent Newcomer Team
2005-06 D-I All-Independent First-Team
2005-06: Had a breakout year as a sophomore, earning Division I All-Independent first-team honors ... played in all 29 games, starting 27 ... led the team in scoring (15.3), which ranked fifth among D-I Independent players ... knocked down a school record 84 3-pointers during the season, a mark that ranked 22nd nationally during the regular season; broke the previous season record of 75 held by Sean Nolen ... became the first player in school history to hit a 3-pointer in every game of the season (29) ... 43.5 3-point field goal percentage ranked 18th nationally in Division I during the regular season ... 2.9 3-pointers made/game during the regular season was the 38th highest total nationally ... hit multiple 3-pointers in 22 of 29 games during the season ... also led all independent players in free throw percentage (85.1% - 63-of-74), a mark that ranked in the top-50 nationally ... stepped it up against fellow Division I Independent teams, averaging 16.7 points and 2.1 rebounds/game while hitting 29-of-77 (37.7%) from 3-point range and 91.3 percent (21-of-23) from the free throw line ... named Division I Independent Player of the Week on Feb. 28 after averaging 21.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists/game and hitting 50 percent from the field and 58.8 percent from 3-point range ... set the single-season career 3-pointers made record against IPFW (Feb. 20), a game where he matched his career-high for 3-pointers by hitting 7-of-9; scored 27 points in that contest, a 79-61 Bears victory ... scored a season and career-high 28 points by hitting on 11-of-22 shots at Utah Valley State (Jan. 21) ... set the school record for 3-pointers attempted in a game (15 - old mark was 12) against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Jan. 28); hit on 4-of-15 attempts in that game and scored 18 points ... scored in double figures in 24 of 29 games and scored 20 or more points eight times ... scored 24 points in 37 minutes against Denver (Jan. 11); hit on 7-of-14 shots and 4-of-8 from 3-point range in that contest ... scored 21 points in only 15 minutes of action against Colorado College (Feb. 4); hit on 8-of-9 shots and 4-of-5 from 3-point range in that game ... hit 5-of-10 3-pointers and scored 21 points at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 17) ... in Bears first win of the season, hit 7-of-11 shots and 3-of-5 3-pointers against Eastern Michigan (Dec. 30) ... suffered a broken nose against Cal State Northridge (Nov. 26) at the Cal Golden Bear Classic and was forced to wear a mask for the next five games; mask did not phase him, as he hit 44 percent from 3-point range and averaged 13.4 points/game in those five contests he wore the mask ... named Northern Colorado Male Student-Athlete of the Month in December after averaging 13.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists/game in nine total contests during the month ... pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds against rival Colorado State (Nov. 18) to go along with 14 points in netting his first career double-double ... dished out a season-high six assists in a game at Texas-Pan American (Jan. 14) ... scored 10 points and had five rebounds in a game against 2006 NCAA Tournament team Kansas (Dec. 22) ... averaged 17.4 points/game in the Bears five wins during the season and 17.3 points/game in 12 home contests ... hit 57.0 percent (21-of-37) from 3-point range in his last five games of the season.
2004-05: Division I Independent All-Newcomer team selection and runner-up (to IPFW's Peter Campbell) for Newcomer of the Year ... played in 28 of 29 games, starting four times as a true freshman ... led the team in three-point percentage (44-99 - 44.4%), was second in steals (27) and third in scoring (9.1/game) and total three-pointers made (44) ... led the team with 16 multi-trifecta games, including 10 in his last 15 games overall, and hit a three-pointer in 20 of 28 total games ... had a stretch early in the season where he hit at least two three-pointers in five straight games and a stretch at the end of the season where he hit two or more three-pointers in seven of eight contests ... named Division I Independent Player of the Week on Feb. 22 after scoring a career-high 25 points and hitting on 7-10 three-pointers (one off the school record) in a 110-67 victory over CU-Colorado Springs; in that game hit on 8-12 shots overall, had two assists and three steals in 29 minutes off the bench ... named Division I Independent Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 11 after averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds/game and hitting 64.3 percent (9-14) of his field goal attempts and 62.5 percent (5-8) of this three-point attempts in games against Texas Tech and Texas-Pan American ... against Texas Tech (Jan. 4), on his 20th birthday, hit on 6-10 shots and 3-6 three-pointers, while grabbing five rebounds and scoring a then career-high 18 points against the Red Raiders ... started collegiate career in style by hitting on 6-9 shots and scoring 16 points while grabbing a season-high seven rebounds against No. 6 Syracuse (No. 11) in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic ... the next night against NCAA Tournament participant Bucknell (Nov. 12), also scored 16 points by hitting 6-11 from the field and 2-3 from three-point range ... hit on 4-9 three-pointers and scored 18 points against New Mexico (Dec. 9) at The Pit ... scored 14 points and had two steals against Iowa State (Nov. 26) at the Cyclone Challenge, a game in which he earned his first collegiate start ... missed lone game of the season against Western State (Nov. 30), due to a concussion but returned to the court against Air Force (Dec. 2) and knocked down a pair of three-pointers ... averaged 13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and hit 15-39 (38.5%) of his three-point attempts and 16-19 (84.2%) of his free throw attempts in eight games against 2005 NCAA Tournament participants ... scored 10 points, including hitting the team's only two three-pointers at No. 12 Gonzaga (Feb. 28) ... had 13 points in 20 minutes of action against Utah (Dec. 17) ... had 11 double-figure scoring games, third most on the team ... hit 9-20 (45%) from three-point range and 19-36 (52.8%) of total field goal attempts in nine games against Division I Independents ... averaged 7.7 points and hit 51.5 percent (17-33) of his three-point attempts in 11 home games during the year.
Prep: Four-year letterwinner at Pueblo East for coach Al Blanc ... 2003-04 Colorado 4A Player of the Year ... three-time all-state selection ... state three-point champion each his sophomore and junior seasons ... was rated as No. 1 player in the state of Colorado by The Sporting News ... named MVP of "The Show IV" All-Star game held at the Pepsi Center (Apr. 10, 2004) after scoring 13 points and leading his White squad to a 78-61 victory in a game that featured 20 of the state's top prep basketball players ... scored a season-high 41 points on 18-24 shooting while also pulling down season-high 14 rebounds in 78-57 with over rival Pueblo South (Jan. 23) ... scored 36 points, hit five three-pointers and had eight rebounds, seven steals and four assists in 80-39 victory over Mesa Ridge (Dec. 2) ... led the South-Central League (SCL) in scoring three years ... helped team to 4A Elite 8 finish in 2002-03 ... also played quarterback, wide receiver and free safety for the Eagles' football team ... all-academic selection and honor roll member ... also recruited by Colorado, Colorado State and Nebraska.
Personal: Born Jan. 4, 1985, in Aurora ... son of Carl and Vonnie Taibi ... majoring in physical education ... Dad played football at the University of Colorado and professionally with Washington and Detroit of the AFL ... uncle Joe also played in the NFL and is a member of the American Football Association (AFA) Hall of Fame ... uncle Chuck played football for Northern Colorado (1974-77) and ranks No. 5 all-time in rushing (2,191) for the Bears.
Taibi's Game-by-Game Statistics