The 6-foot senior guard had led the Royals to a 27-0 record and the Class AAAA sectional final at the time of her selection. The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Bueckers averaged 21.4 points, 9.4 assists, 5.4 steals and 5.0 rebounds through 27 games. A starter for the gold medal-winning USA Basketball U19 Women’s World Cup Team, she is a finalist for the Naismith High School Girls Player of the Year trophy. Also a two-time Minneapolis Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year, Bueckers has been chosen to play in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic, and is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2020 by ESPN.
Bueckers has maintained a 3.80 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Connecticut this fall.
Bueckers organized her own series of youth basketball clinics, “Buckets With Bueckers,” which offers free admission to players in Minnesota and Montana, while raising funds for local charities via donations and corporate sponsorships. An invited speaker and honorary guest at Lucy Laney grade school in North Minneapolis, she has also donated her time volunteering as a reader at the Hopkins Public Library.