Freshman Paige Bueckers is Best Player in Basketball
According to UConn legend Diana Taurasi, freshman Paige Bueckers is the best player in basketball today. She made the statement after watching the freshman play for the first time.
Taurasi said that the freshman could pass better than her. Bueckers make difficult passes look easy. That’s way sets her apart from other college players today. Bueckers is a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year award this year. She could be the first freshman to win the Naismith Trophy on the women’s side.
According to price per head sportsbook reports, Bueckers is the second player to win the Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards in the same year. Maya Moore, another UConn icon, was the first one to achieve the milestone. Bueckers was also the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
Best Player in Basketball
Taurasi said that Bueckers had more confidence than her when she was a freshman at UConn. During her time, she was the water girl. She only got the chance to show her skills when her teammates got hurt.
In the 2000-2001 season, the University of Connecticut women’s team had many talented upperclassmen. Thus, they didn’t need first-year players to play. On the other hand, this year’s squad had no seniors.
The 2000-2001 squad had Svetlana Abrosimova, Sue Bird, and Swin Cash. However, they lost Abrosimova to an injury. Also, they lost to Notre Dame in the Final Four. Notre Dame eventually won the tournament.
Bueckers has an impressive box score. She averaged almost 20 points per game, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 steals, and six assists. Also, she shot 54 percent from the field. Last February, she became the first UConn player to have three 30-point games in a row.