A year after only grabbing one commitment, UConn women’s basketball has received a verbal commitment from Paige Bueckers, the No. 1 player in the class of 2020 and widely considered one of the top prospects out of high school in a handful of years.
“As a kid, UConn was my dream school,” Bueckers told ESPN. “Seeing them win all those national titles and then visiting campus and seeing them up close, it was everything I’ve dreamed of and more.”
A 5-foot-11 point guard from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Bueckers is “an excellent ball handler, [with] a smooth transition game, excellent court vision, and big-time scoring ability” according to High Post Hoops’ Blake DuDonis.
Bueckers earned Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year honors in both 2018 and 2019. She has also played with the USA National Team on the U16 and U17 level. Last year at the U17 level, she won gold at both the World Basketball Cup and FIBA Americas tournaments. While most schools were after her, Bueckers’ decision ultimately came down to UConn, Notre Dame and Minnesota.
While speaking to ESPN, she cited her relationship with head coach Geno Auriemma and associate head coach Chris Dailey as the reason she wanted to come to UConn.
“I think my talents will be maximized under Coach Geno,” she said. “UConn appealed to me, and it appealed to my family.”
When Bueckers joins the Huskies ahead of the 2020-21 season, she will be (as of now) third No. 1 prospect on the team, joining Megan Walker and Christyn Williams. While UConn only has McDonalds All-American Aubrey Griffin in the class of 2019, Bueckers has the potential to be a program-changing talent for the Huskies to help keep them at the top of the college basketball world.