Paige Bueckers Knows UConn’s History. She’s Paving Its Future.
Burnout does not exist in the world of peg bookers.
In the coronaires-riddled season where student athletes can do little on campus other than play their sport, University of Connecticut freshmen spend their rare time outside of practice and sports rather than taking a short break from basketball.
“I’m watching the game as soon as I come out of the court,” Buker said in a phone interview. “I spend a lot of time watching basketball.”
NBA, college and even G League games captivated him. Epidemic or not, it has always been for the Bueckers (pronounced BECK-ers), the latest in a long line of highly touted stars to lead the most successful women’s hoops program of our time.
While the Buchers devote little time to watching others play, the rest of the basketball world is watching him. A five-star recruit from Minnetonka, Minn., Who was first offered a scholarship at the age of 14, Bueckers justified publicity over his college career in early February when he Scored 30 points in three consecutive games, The first player to do so in UConn’s history. Capping those performances was a 31-point attempt to defeat top-ranked South Carolina in overtime. The Buchers scored the team’s final 13 points, the last one of which came on Instant Viral 3-pointer He launched a falling skyward ricocheted away from the rim before dropping away with the victory.
“I was definitely impressed, especially not only at her age she’s doing it all but how it’s like a regular thing for her,” said Avina Westbrook, a radier junior guard for the Huskies. “Every time the ball comes out of his hands, we feel it is going in,” he said.
The Buchers played all 45 minutes of that game, indicating the number of 1-ranked UConn (16-1) depended on the 19-year-old guard to lead the Huskies in just about everything – minutes, Scoring average, steals, three-point percentage, assists. In its history, UConn has relied on only a handful of newcomers, who have become household names. In this epidemic-short season, the Buchers likely won’t touch the Holiday Vols record like Maya Moore’s Freshman scoring record (678 points), but shooting 55.4 percent on 3-pointers in the final stretch of the season, she measures efficiency like Sue Bird. Can complete Single-season 3-point record of 49.7 percent set in 1999–00.
“It has been a long time to carry a team as a player since he was in some of these games,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said After the South Carolina game.
Moore, Bird, Diana Taurasi, Brenna Stewart all joined UConn teams with more experienced leadership. The Bueckers are leading the Hawkeyes team with no seniors who play six freshmen in key roles. This young team is taking shape in the short season that was halted in December due to the coronavirus epidemic, and where several notable events were excluded from play. Nevertheless, this is Yukon’s first season in the Big East Conference, and many expect the event to return to its well-known standings.
Through 18 games, the Buchers looked capable of taking the Huskies there, a performance that did not shock people back to Minnetka. The Buchers made the Freshman / Sopmore team at Hopkins High School as a 7th grader, and his incredible competition streak was Brian Cogriffe, the school’s Varsity coach, even in the first year.
On his way to helping the team to an undefeated season in 2014-15, Buicker would check out junior level games – one level up – after that if the Hopkins team were left behind in the second half. Even then there was no such thing as too much basketball for the Bueckers. “This is a 7th grader, playing against 10th and 11th graders,” Kosarif said. “By the time she was in the 8th grade, she was the best player in the state.” The JV team remained undefeated that year as well.
Cosgriff reminded that in the Bueckers’ first varsity game as an 8th grader, he came off the bench and went 8-for-9 from 3-point range and “essentially won the game.” That year, Hopkins went 31–1. The following season he lost four more games, and never lost again to the Buchers’ high school career. All that Jeet and Bueckers Butterfly shot both dribble and off screen and made him a huge player and a huge local star to watch.
“Last year she was honored as a McDonald’s All American at the Timberweats Game,” Coskriff said, “People were coming to her, she was on the big screen, she even did more shows than the Timberweats.”
Former Minnesota Golden Goffers star Marissa Mosely was an assistant at Yukon when the Buchers began to attract attention, and Cosgriff beheaded the coaches for keeping a close eye on the Buchers during summer trip league play in 2017. Mosely and Oremma saw a spark in one of the bookers at the Games and Hall of Fame coaches.
“I can go through a list of players. When I saw him playing in high school, I knew there was something different about him,” Ariaima said. “Then when they go to college they continue to do it. I don’t care if it’s a shot at the end, a shot is a play at the end of the clock, a loose ball that gives them a crucial time. You saw him And you know who those players are, and you really work very hard to get those players and Paige is one of those players. “
Despite playing in empty arenas in front of wild crowds who usually attend Yukon’s home games, the style of the bookers has highlighted a spotlight that spreads across platforms and has earned more than UCON greats and NBA stars like Steph Curry, With whom she faced a shooting session at her camp in 2019. His solution to dealing with that limelight was conjecturally focused on basketball.
She said that she has regularly spoken with Ariaima even before the pressure started. “He told me that people are always the ones to say, whether it’s negative or positive,” said Buyers. “You’re not perfect in anyone’s eyes, they’re always going to find something to talk to. I lean towards my teammates and my coaches, because they are the people who are really the only opinions I care about. “
People around him have already come to their conclusions.
“He’s a winner,” Cosgriff said. “He is a flat winner.”