Name Don Buse
College Evansville (1969–1972)
Weight 86 kg
|Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)|
Height 1.93 m
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Role Basketball player
|Born August 10, 1950 (age 65)
Huntingburg, Indiana (1950-08-10) |
High school Holland (Holland, Indiana)
NBA draft 1972 / Round: 3 / Pick: 34th overall
Number 10 (Indiana Pacers / Point guard, Shooting guard), 10 (Phoenix Suns / Point guard)
Position Point guard, Shooting guard
Similar People Walter Davis, Jeff Hornacek, Frank Vogel
Education University of Evansville
Don Buse (5pts/3asts) vs. Nuggets (1976 ABA All-Star Game)
Donald R. Buse (born August 10, 1950) is a retired American professional basketball player.
A 6'4" (1.93 m) guard from the University of Evansville, Buse played 13 seasons (1972–1985) in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association as a member of the Indiana Pacers, the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Kansas City Kings.
Named an Indiana All-Star in 1968, following a stellar career at Holland High School, which consolidated with Huntingburg High School to become Southridge High School. He started from 1964–1968, and led the Dutchmen to Sectional Championships in 1967 and 1968. They finished the 1968 season undefeated but lost the Regional Championship game to perennial power Jeffersonville High School. Buse was selected to the Indiana All-Star Team in 1968.
Don Buse was selected for the NCAA squad to compete for positions on the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team, but he was replaced by Jim Forbes as he signed a professional contract.
Buse went on to play professionally for the Indiana Pacers, the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Kansas City Kings.
Buse was known for his dependable ball-handling, tight defense, and clutch-shooting, and he appeared in two All-Star games (one in the ABA in 1976; one in the NBA in 1977) during the course of his career. His best season occurred in 1975–76, when he led the ABA in both steals per game (4.12) and assists per game (8.2) while also contributing a career high 12.5 points per game. In the next season, his first in the NBA, Buse again led all players in steals per game (3.47) and assists per game (8.5).
In 1979, Buse helped take the Suns deep into the playoffs on a team with notable players, such as Paul Westphal, Walter Davis, Truck Robinson and Alvan Adams.
Buse was an All-Defensive Team member six times, from the 1974–75 season through the 1979–80 season. The first two were in the ABA and the final four were in the NBA.
After Buse's career he was selected to several All-time teams, including: