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Paige Bueckers Named USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year

  • Date:
    Dec 10, 2019

Following her participation in four USA Basketball events in 2019, including being named tournament MVP while helping to lead the USA to a gold medal at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./St. Louis Park, Minn.) today was named the 2019 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year.

Bueckers also suited up for the USA 3x3 team that finished 3-1 in the inaugural World Beach Games from Oct. 13-16 in Doha, Qatar; she led her team to a second place finish at the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship; and she took part in the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team training camp that included the 2019 NCAA Next Generation Event at the NCAA Final Four in Tampa, Florida.

“It means a lot,” Bueckers said. “When Carol (Callan) called me and told me, I was kind of amazed, seeing all of the people who have won it before. Me being one of the youngest to get it, it just means a lot to me. To be able to represent my country, alone, and then to get this award, it meant even more.”

USA Basketball has presented its Female Athlete of the Year award annually since 1980. 

“In 2019, Paige represented the best of USA Basketball in winning gold medals and in her dedication to representing her country at multiple events ,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball chief executive officer. “She not only helped USA Basketball win the FIBA U19 World Cup, she was recognized as the most valuable player at that tournament, which is further testament to the tremendous performances she turned in this past year.”

Bueckers started in all seven games at the FIBA U19 World Cup, and on her way to being named MVP, averaged a tournament best 5.4 assists per game to go along with 11.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

“I really appreciated her competitiveness, how hard she competes,” said Jeff Walz, the head coach of the 2019 USA U19 team and a 2019 USA Basketball Co-National Coach of the Year. “She’s definitely a special talent. She is able to score in all three phases of the game. She hits 3s, has a pull-up jump shot and can get to the rim. But, I just appreciate how she competes. She definitely has that competitive fire within her.”

USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year
Award Winners

2019 Paige Bueckers
Natalie Williams


Breanna Stewart


Lisa Leslie


Janelle Bailey


Chamique Holdsclaw


Diana Taurasi


Teresa Edwards


A’ja Wilson


Sylvia Crawley


Maya Moore


Dawn Staley


Breanna Stewart


Lisa Leslie


Diana Taurasi


Katrina McClain


Breanna Stewart


Ruthie Bolton


Diana Taurasi


Teresa Edwards


Tina Charles


Venus Lacy


Katie Smith


Katrina McClain


Candice Wiggins


Teresa Edwards


Diana Taurasi


Cheryl Miller


Crystal Langhorne


Jennifer Gillom


Dawn Staley


Cheryl Miller


Seimone Augustus


Lynette Woodard


Lisa Leslie


Cindy Noble &
LaTaunya Pollard


Ayana Walker


Denise Curry


Teresa Edwards


Carol Blazejowski

Bueckers finished in double-digit scoring in five of the USA’s seven games, including: 11 points and six assists against Australia on July 20; seven assists against South Korea on July 21; 13 points and six assists against Hungary on July 23; 15 points, five assists and five steals versus Germany on July 24; 13 points and seven assists against Belgium in the semifinals on July 27; and a team-high 17 points and five assists in the overtime gold medal win over Australia.

At the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship, she helped her team, Quest, to a 6-2 record and runner-up finish.

The 2018 and 2019 Gatorade State Player of the Year and Naismith and MaxPreps All-America first team member, Bueckers averaged 24.4 points and 5.5 assists per game to lead her high school team to the 2019 Minnesota 4A state title and a 32-0 record.

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