Nate Buss

Nathaniel Buss, a 2017 Verona Area High School graduate, will play basketball at Division II Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

Nathaniel Buss is transferring from Madison College to Division II Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, to play basketball next year.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Buss, who committed to Flagler on June 1. “I always wanted to play at the highest level I could. All of my hard work has started to pay off.”

Buss, a 2017 Verona Area High School graduate, is the son of former Verona boys head basketball coach Alan Buss.

Nathaniel was named second-team all-region at Madison College this season after averaging 12.9 points and leading the team in 3-pointers (67 of 166) at 40 percent and was second in assists (84). He shot 74.5 percent from the free-throw line and scored a career-high 31 points against Anoka-Ramsey Community College in a 93-86 loss Nov. 9 in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. The Wolfpack went 14-13 this season and lost to Elgin Community College 90-79 in the NJCAA Region IV Tournament.

Buss finished first for career assists in Verona program history with 378. He is 10th in Verona career scoring with 740 points.

Buss is majoring in strategic communications and wants to be a college basketball coach.

He visited Flagler College in February and said he made a connection with the coaches two months before his tour of the campus.

“It’s in a place where it’s warm and it’s a beautiful city,” he said of St. Augustine.

Buss said the biggest improvements in his game since he played at Verona are he is stronger, a better defensive player and has become an even more efficient shooter. He attended Madison College to try to earn a scholarship so he can continue his basketball career.

“You have to keep working and have a chip on your shoulder if you want to get to the next level,” he said. “I just knew coming into this year, if I wanted to play in Division II, I had to shoot the ball at a higher level.”

He’s lifting weights and shooting in the gym every day this summer. The first day of school at Flagler is Aug. 28, but he will travel there a week before to get settled in.

“I want to thank my family for always being there for me and all the time they put into my basketball,” he said.