16. Paige Bueckers
School: Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minnesota)
Position: Point Guard
Paige Bueckers showed why she deserves ESPN’s No. 1 ranking in the 2020 girls high school basketball class. The 5-foot-10 point guard led Hopkins to an undefeated season, going 32-0 and winning the championship.
She posted 24.4 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 steals per game, being named to the ALL-USA Second Team as a result. Bueckers is a crafty passer with both hands, can make shots off the dribble and on the move, and is a fiend on defense.
Bueckers also has international experience. Her latest stint was in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, during which her 10.3 points per game were more than any other player still in high school. The only two who averaged more graduated in 2018. She also averaged 6.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds as she played 25 minutes per game, the most on the team, according to FIBA.
The 2020 player already has four years of varsity experience at Hopkins, first playing as an eighth grader, according to USA Basketball. In that time, the team has gone 149-8. Barring any unlucky streak or injury, she will likely score 118 points and become the school’s all-time leading scorer.
Bueckers committed to UConn and appears poised to become a face of one of the most consistently dominant teams in sports. Catch her growth this final year in high school before she becomes a household name. That might be just around the horizon.