Hopkins High School’s Paige Buecker named Gatorade Minnesota Girls Basketball Player of the Year

Buecker is the first player from Hopkins High School to be chosen for the award and the first sophomore to ever be chosen.
April 25, 2018

Paige Bueckers, a sophomore at Hopkins High School, was named the Gatorade Minnesota Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She is not only the first Minnesota player to be chosen from Hopkins High School, she is the first sophomore to ever be chosen for the award. The Gatorade Player of the Year award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.

The 6-foot sophomore guard had led the Royals to a 26-3 record and a berth in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals at the time of her selection. Bueckers averaged 22.8 points, 6.9 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 4.1 steals through 29 games. A member of the USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team, she is a two-time All-Metro and All-State honoree and was named to the All-State Tournament Team as a sophomore.

Bueckers has volunteered locally on behalf of Feed My Starving Children and youth basketball camps and maintains a 3.72 GPA in the classroom. She will begin her junior year of high school this fall.

About the Gatorade Player of the Year program:
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

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