Paige Bueckers, top-ranked 2020 recruit, picks UConn

Paige Bueckers. (photo courtesy of USA Basketball)
Paige Bueckers. (photo courtesy of USA Basketball) /

UConn lands Bueckers, silencing questions about their recruiting prowess

Not long ago, many people wondered aloud about the future of UConn when the Huskies missed out on all of their top 2019 recruits, save one.

Safe to say those conversations are now over.

Paige Bueckers, the #1 ranked 2020 recruit in the country, has announced her commitment to UConn.

The commitment comes as welcome news to Husky nation as the 5’10 point guard from Eden Prairie, Minnesota is one of the most hyped high school players in the past decade. An excellent ball handler, a smooth transition game, excellent court vision, and big-time scoring ability, Bueckers will likely see the court from day 1 in Storrs, something many freshmen haven’t been able to do in recent years.

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The 2018 Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year and a Naismith High School All-American honorable mention honoree , Bueckers has had the women’s basketball recruiting spotlight pointed directly at her for years. While she had offers from nearly everyone in the country, she was frequently spotted on UConn’s campus in recent months, as well as Notre Dame and Minnesota.

Bueckers led Hopkins to a state title this season after finishing as the runner-up the previous three years. For her high school career, she scored 2,288, the most in school history.

In addition to her stellar prep career, Bueckers won gold with Team USA in the FIBA 2018 U17 World Basketball Cup in Belarus last summer, this after leading the 2017 USA National Team to the FIBA Americas Championship gold medal as well. After the impressive showing in Belarus, she proceeded to win her third gold, this time in the 3×3 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Bueckers is the first 2020 commit for UConn. The Huskies only had one commit in the 2019 class, Aubrey Griffin out of New York.

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