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Buch to play college ball in Missouri

By Justin Webster | Sep 29, 2017
Photo by: Ledger archive Nicole Buch plans to attend Missouri State Southern University in 2018.

Fairfield senior standout Nicole Buch has declared her intention to sign a national letter of intent with Missouri State Southern University. The Lions are located in Joplin, Missouri and compete in the MIAA conference where Buch will join the team for the 2018-19 season.

During her junior year, the 5-foot-8 point guard was a 4A all-state selection, SEC player of the year, and has led the conference in scoring and assists for the previous two seasons.

Buch has amassed over 1,000 points in her career, and will have an opportunity to become the all-time leading scorer in school history by passing Amy Breen’s career mark of 1,391 during her final season.


Q: What influenced your decision?

A: I had a few other places kind of around Iowa but one of my best friends Grace is going to Mizzou, and I thought it’d kinda be fun to be in Missouri and it’s also a warmer place so in the winter it won’t be as bad. When I went on a visit [to Missouri State Southern University] it kinda felt like home, and I went to some other places but nothing felt as comfortable as it did there.


Q: Are you expecting to start four years in college?

A: That’s my goal. They did talk about playing my first year, maybe not right [away] as point guard because I’ll have a senior point guard, but they said they’d like to play me at off-guard too.

If I don’t start the first couple of games, I’ll just keep working throughout the season and hopefully I’m there by the end of the year and with those four years I’ll be able to start and kind of make a name for myself down there too.


Q: Who in your family influenced your start in basketball?

A: A lot of my family were really athletic. We play a bunch of sports but I think basketball has always kind of been one of the important things to us. All of my siblings except one actually played basketball, and one of my older siblings Brittany has been playing since I can remember and she taught me how to play the game.


Q: What are you planning to study as an undergraduate?

A: I want to go into nursing so I started some classes here through Indian Hills and then I’m just gonna finish it off there.


Q: Are you looking to play professionally?

A: I’ve been playing since I was young so right now I’m definitely not burned out but I hear a lot of stories of people getting burned out so it’s really just a game of time.

If I get there and I want to go another couple of years, maybe I can go overseas, but if four years is enough for me than I’m just going to start doing my nursing and move on from it.


Q: What were your thoughts on being named to Homecoming Court?

A: I definitely didn’t expect anything, and you never know, but to be on it is a huge honor. I’m so grateful just to be on the court and it’s made the week so much fun. Everyone there I think deserves it, it’s a great group of people.


Q: What would you tell your younger self or an incoming freshman looking to have similar success?

A: Don’t waste any minute. I say get in the gym as much as you can. It’s easy when you love the game just to go out there, and you’re going to have to sacrifice a lot of things, but in the end it’s all going to be worth it.


Q:What does your workout look like?

A: I’m in fall and spring sports. Cross country now, and I did do track but last year I did soccer to just be on a different team. All year round I’m playing basketball.

My college gave me a workout plan so I have to lift three times a week through them. On top of that I’m running everyday and then after cross country practice I still have to go to the gym and so it’s constant workouts.

On the weekend I try to go, there’s a guy in Kansas City I try to work with that’s really good. This summer is a little bit different, in the past summers usually I have practice but because I’m a senior now we’re kind of on our own. A lot of the work is by myself, either on lunch time, or my break, or after school when I’m done with cross country.


Q: Talk about transitioning between coaches.

A: Mick cared about all of us. He really did help us last year. I’ve had him the past three years. He’s really a good coach for all of us. The coaches coming up have been in the program with Mick so I don’t think he’s going to go away from that. I think he’s going to stay with as many things as he can and I definitely have faith.

We lost four starters, but I think the girls taking their spots are really going to step up and we’re going to be a team to look out for. I think we will get pretty far, everyone else just needs to believe it, too. It will be a fun season and I can’t wait honestly.


Q: You’ve already scored 1,000 points. Do you need to raise your scoring average to have the team succeed?

A: I don’t really know. I think it depends on who steps up. I’ll do as much as I can and I know the other girls will too. We’ll see how it plays out and every game will be different obviously.

There are definitely girls who can score in the group coming up so I don’t know if that will be a problem or not.

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