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Former Verona student-athlete Nate Buss transfers to Winthrop for men's basketball

Former Verona student-athlete Nate Buss transfers to Winthrop for men's basketball

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Sun Prairie's Nate Verstegen (20) and Sam Kerr (13) defend Verona's Nathaniel Buss (11) on a drive to the basket during the first half of a game at Verona High School in Verona, Wis., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. M.P. KING -- State Journal

Former Verona athlete Nate Buss announced on Twitter that he is transferring to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, for men’s basketball.

He said he will be a preferred walk-on at Winthrop, which is an NCAA Division I program and won its 12th Big South Conference title this past season.

Buss, a 5-foot-11 guard, began his college career at MATC, then was at Flagler College in Florida. He redshirted this past season at Flagler and has two years remaining.

He tweeted: “Thanks to coach Warner, coach Selland, coach Kip and my teammates for making my time at Flagler College nothing but joyful. I wish them the best of luck in the future. With that being said, I’d like to announce this: I’m blessed to say that I’ve joined the Big South champs for my final two years of college hoops as a preferred walk-on at NCAA Division I Winthrop! Thanks head coach Pat Kelsey, coach Davis, coach Kloman, coach Gray, coach Freesman and coach Bringley for this opportunity.”

Prior to redshirting at Flagler, Buss averaged 13 points per game while starting all 27 games for MATC as a sophomore. He led the team with 66 3-pointers made and shot 39.3% from 3-point range. He had a high scoring game of 31 points that season.

He had 20 starts in 27 appearances as a freshman in 2017-18 and averaged 8.2 points per game.

He averaged 13.7 points, 7.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game as a senior at Verona. He finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in assists.

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.

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