MT. CARMEL, Ill.— Mt. Carmel’s Tyra Buss has made it official, signing a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for Coach Curt Miller and the Indiana Hoosiers beginning with the 2014-15 season.
At a press conference this afternoon at Mt. Carmel High School Buss said, “It’s just a crazy feeling to know that I’m finally, officially a Hoosier.”
“Coach Miller coaches point guards really well. His offense is a perfect fit for me and I’m really excited,” Buss said.
Buss’ high school coach Tim Willis described Buss as a competitor, a winner and a class individual. “She hates to lose anything,” Willis said. “She’s a winner, and I think that’s something that the folks at IU are going to come to appreciate."
“When people talk about her accomplishments I always come back to her class. She’s become a role model to kids in our community. She always takes time after our games to take pictures, sign an autograph, or give a young lady some words of encouragement. You have yourself a very special person,” Willis said.
Buss’ longtime AAU coach Phil Kessler said, “This is what it’s all about. She’s worked her rear end off to get here. That gets here the privilege to work even harder at the next level. This is the best part of what I do. I want to thank her for letting me be a small part of the last 5 years.
A highly sought after recruit, the 2013 Illinois Ms. Basketball, Buss verbally committed to Indiana last November.
Entering her senior season, Buss sits 600 points shy of the Illinois all-time career scoring record (4,031 points). She already owns the state records for most points in a season (1,285), most free throws made in a career (880), most field goals made in a season (445) and highest career scoring average (35.3). Buss has been named first team all-state in each of her three seasons by the Associated Press and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.
While excited for her collegiate career, Buss still has her eyes set on her senior season at MCHS, “I want to go out on a positive note. We’ve been working hard,” Buss said.
For a full list of stats and awards, visit www.tyrabuss.com/Basketball.html.