Donald Buse, better known as Don Buse, hails from the University of Evansville. The 6’4’” guard from Indiana was well-known for his dependable ball-handling, tight defense, and clutch-shooting. While in his senior year, Buse led the Holland High School to an unforgettable season, averaging to 22.5 points and 14 rebounds.
Buse played 13 seasons in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1972 under the ABA league. He started with NBA league in 1977, also with Indiana Pacers.
Later in his career, Buse played for Phoenix Suns (1977 - 80), Indiana Pacers (1980 – 82), Portland Trail Blazers (1982 – 83) and Kansas City Kings (1983 – 84). He appeared in two All-Star games, one with the ABA in 1976, and another with the NBA in 1977.
Buse led the ABA in both Steals per game (4.1) and Assists per game (8.2) for the 1975-76 season. He scored his best Assists per game (8.5) in the 1976-77 season while playing for the NBA league. Buse scored his career best 12.5 points per game in the 1975-76 season.
Buse was a hot favorite player at NBA having played 684 games and accumulating 4,485 points, 1,507 rebounds and 1,160 steals. His ABA career shone with 966 games, 6,890 points, 2,565 rebounds and 1,818 steals.