Posted On: 08/17/17 4:30 PM

Although the details are a little hazy now, it was one of the highlights of my AAU summer. There I was sitting in the bleachers among a group of parents from out of state, just settling in for the 7th or 8th game of the day. They had arrived all chatty and chipper, with that kind of smug confidence that comes from having a talented kid on a winning team. Losing clearly isn't in their DNA, but here we were, a few minutes into a game with North Tartan 9th, and they were blissfully unaware of what was about to go down: Steal. Swish. Dish. Swish. Dish. Steal. Swish. Swish. Time out. Paige Bueckers had just scored a quick 10 or 12 points and Tartan was up by just as many. The slack-jawed woman next to me turned to her husband and said just a little too loudly, "Who the F$%& is that girl?" "I don't know," the man replied, "but she's not bad."

Yep, Bueckers isn't bad. In fact, she's actually pretty good. And among all of the other accolades the 5'11" superguard has earned – like that shiny gold medal she won with Team USA – Ms. Bueckers

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