John Shurna is searching for the right path, one that will put him on a National Basketball Association team's roster.

One thing he knows: He has to knock down those three-point shots.

And the former Northwestern University star has been doing just that for the Milwaukee Bucks entry in summer league play. In four games he is 9 for 19 beyond the arc (47.4%), including a 2-for-6 showing in a 72-68 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

The 6-foot-9 Shurna has looked comfortable in his second year in summer league, after playing for Atlanta last year in Las Vegas. And he spent the 2012-'13 season with Strasbourg in the top French league.

"Just having that year of experience is huge," Shurna said of this summer's Vegas trip. "That first year you're running around and you want to do everything right.

"When you're running around with your head cut off, you don't do anything right."

Shurna became Northwestern's all-time leading scorer in his senior year, topping the record of Billy McKinney, the Bucks' director of scouting.

But Shurna knew it would take some work to get NBA teams to notice him.

"Probably defensively I have to improve," he said. "In the NBA there are stars on every team. Everyone else is a role player so you have to find your role."

Shurna was in the New York Knicks' training camp last fall and struck up a friendship with Steve Novak, the former Marquette University and Brown Deer High School standout.

Novak recently was traded by the Knicks to Toronto, but he made a big impact on Shurna during training camp.

"He looked after me," Shurna said. "There are some similarities there (in style of play). I'm not there yet.

"But I think that's a great person to look after. He's a guy who was bouncing around a little bit. He found his role and he does it really well.