SALINA — Enjoying the opportunity to share the court with other star players in the state, St. Francis' Tate Busse made his presence felt in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association boys All-Star game.
The future Wichita State shocker scored 20 points to help his Blue team pull out an entertaining 112-106 in overtime on Saturday at Kansas Wesleyan's Mabee Arena.
Busse went 7 of 11 from the field with three 3-pointers and was the Blue's second leading scorer behind McPherson's Ben Pyle, who scored a game-high 26.
"It was a lot of fun getting to play with some other good guys, like Ben (Pyle)," Busse said. "I knew of Ben but I'd never seen him play or anything. Our big guy, (South Gray's) Gilbert Peters, I'd never seen him play and he impressed me quite a bit."
Pyle and Busse helped the Blue team rally from a 56-44 halftime deficit and force overtime.
"Our coach (Blue Valley Northwest's Ed Fritz) told us no one was really trying hard in the first half, he thought," Busse said. "I guess everyone just came out and played harder the second half."
Busse, The Hays Daily News area player of the year, averaged 28 points in his senior season and finished his career with more than 1,700 points, becoming St. Francis' all-time leading scorer. He announced his decision to head to Wichita State as a preferred walk-on in late March.
"It's a great opportunity and I'm really glad that I got the opportunity to go there," he said.
Busse has been in Wichita for the last three weeks for workouts.
"I got back from state track and had like four days off and then headed back down there," Busse said. "We have workouts and weights every day and we've been running camps. It's been a lot of fun.
"They want me to get bigger and stronger so I can drive and not get hit as much and knocked off balance. Then I'm just working on my dribbling and taking it to the hole."
The Blue team scored the first six points in overtime on free throws from Jonny Clausing and Peters and a layup from Brandon Wilkes. Busse opened up a 111-103 lead with a driving layup.
Peters, a Fort Hays State signee, had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.