Potential WNBA No.1 pick Paige Bueckers will miss the ENTIRE CBB season after suffering torn ACL during a pickup game
- Paige Bueckers was a favored to be selected No.1 overall in April’s WNBA Draft
- Pen State confirmed its star guard will miss the entirety of the CBB season
- Bueckers will undergo surgery to repair her anterior cruciate ligament on Friday
The WNBA may have to wait before anointing a widely-regarded No. 1 draft choice for April’s draft after Penn State star Paige Bueckers ruptured her ACL.
An MRI Monday confirmed Bueckers had indeed suffered the season-ending injury, resulting from a pickup baseball game she participated in.
Penn State confirmed the news Wednesday, stating their star guard would undergo surgery Friday at UConn Health.
UConn guard Paige Bueckers has a considerable presence on and off the court, amassing one million followers on Instagram while also being having various NIL deals.
‘We’re all devastated for Paige,’ he said in a statement. ‘She’s worked really hard to get stronger and healthier this offseason, and this is an unfortunate setback.
‘Paige is obviously an amazing basketball player but she’s a better person and teammate and it’s really unfortunate that this has happened to her.
‘We’ll miss her presence on the court, but she’ll do everything she can to still lead and help her teammates this season.
‘Our program will support Paige through her healing process to help her come back better and stronger.’
A date has yet to be set on her recovery, or practice, return but will be confirmed post-surgery.
UConn Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma will have to find a way to cope without his star
Bueckers, who is currently a junior with the Lady Lions, averaged 20 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists in her freshman year. It is widely regarded by experts as one of the most historic first-year campaigns in UConn and NCAA history.
Last season was an interrupted one for the 20-year-old. She played 12 games less than her debut season as a result of tibia and meniscus surgeries.
Regardless, Bueckers averaged a respectable 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists.