Posted On: 06/1/17 7:45 PM

Followers of girls basketball in Minnesota have known for a long time that Paige Bueckers is a special talent. Now the rest of the world is about to find out, too. This week, the dynamic guard from Hopkins High School and North Tartan AAU was named to the USA National Under 16 team. “It means the world to me,” Bueckers said from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. “It still hasn’t sunk in that I actually get to go to Argentina and represent my country with the USA letters on my chest. It seems so unreal. I’m very blessed.”

Indeed. The team consists of eight sophomores, three freshmen, and one 8th grader, the uber-talented Azzi Fudd of Falls Church, Virginia. Among the 12 is another familiar face – freshman Caitlin Clark of All Iowa Attack. “I was extremely nervous, but when they said, ‘You made the team’ I felt like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders,” Bueckers said. “There are no more cuts and no more pressure to make the team. Now it’s just the chase for gold”

Next week the team will travel to Argentina to compete in the FIBA

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