Before she attends the University of Connecticut campus as a freshman for the 2020-21 school year, Paige Bueckers will have won four gold medals and played for five USA Basketball national teams.
Paige Bueckers’s first USA Basketball experience was when she was 16 years old at trials for the 2017 USA Women’s U16 National Team at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Paige Bueckers was named as a member of the 2017 USA Basketball U16 National Team that won gold with a 5-0 record at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
Paige Bueckers owns the USA women’s U16 single-game record for field goal percentage after making 7-of-7 from the field against Mexico on June 8, 2017, and she is third for competition field goal percentage after making 61.5% (24-29 FGs) of her shots throughout the 2017 tournament.
Prior to the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup in Belarus, Paige Bueckers (No. 5) helped the USA to a 3-0 record at an exhibition tournament in Leipaja, Latvia.
Paige Bueckers returned to USA Basketball in 2018 and was named to the USA U17 World Cup Team that won a gold medal with a 7-0 record at the FIBA U17 World Cup in Minsk, Belarus.
At the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, Paige Bueckers started in all seven games and averaged 9.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.
Paige Bueckers (center) is tied for the USA women’s U17 single-game assists record after dishing out 10 assists versus France on July 29, 2018.
Paige Bueckers and her Quest teammates captured the 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A few months after winning her second gold medal at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, Paige Bueckers represented the United States in the 3x3 basketball competition at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
At the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Paige Bueckers helped the USA to a 7-0 record and gold medal with 5.1 points per game of the USA’s of 20.1 points per game average.
Paige Bueckers traveled to Tampa, Florida, to take part in the inaugural USA Basketball training camp at the 2019 NCAA Next Generation event at the women’s NCAA Final Four. She and her gold-medal winning 2018 Youth Olympic Games teammates were honored on the court during a semifinal. From left to right: Aliyah Boston, Samantha Brunelle, Bueckers and Hailey Van Lith.
At the inaugural USA Basketball training camp at the 2019 NCAA Next Generation event at the women’s NCAA Final Four, Paige Bueckers (left) and her teammates, including Samantha Brunelle (right) had the opportunity to scrimmage against NBA Global Academies teams and tour Amalie Arena, including the press conference room.
In 2019, Paige Bueckers and her teammates finished in second place at the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship that was played at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In July 2019 as a member of the USA U19 World Cup Team, Paige Bueckers started in all seven U.S. wins and averaged 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and a tournament-leading 5.4 assists per game.
After helping the USA to defeat Australia in overtime of the gold medal game, Paige Bueckers was named MVP of the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.
Paige Bueckers is fourth in the USA women’s U19 single-competition record book for assists (38 in 2019) and second for assists averaged (5.4 apg. in 2019). In USA women’s U19 single-game records, Bueckers is tied for first in field goals attempted (21 vs. Australia on July 28, 2019) and for 3-point percentage (3-3 3pt FGs vs. Hungary on July 23, 2019).
On Oct. 7, 2019, Paige Bueckers was named to the inaugural USA 3x3 roster for the World Beach Games that were played in Doha, Qatar. Bueckesrs was the lone high school athlete on a team with two professionals and one collegiate athlete.
Taking part in four USA Basketball events in 2019 alone, Paige Bueckers was recognized as the 2019 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year.
Through the Years: Paige Bueckers
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