Potential WNBA No.1 pick Paige Bueckers will miss the ENTIRE 2022-23 CBB season after ACL tear
Potential WNBA No.1 pick Paige Bueckers will miss ENTIRE CBB season after torn ACL during a pick-up game
- Paige Bueckers was a favorite to be selected as No. 1 in the April WNBA Draft
- Pen State Confirmed Its Star Guard Will Be Missing Entire CBB Season
- Bueckers will have surgery on Friday to repair her anterior cruciate ligament
The WNBA may have to wait before anointing a widely regarded No. 1 draft pick for April’s draft pick after Penn State star Paige Bueckers tore her ACL.
An MRI Monday confirmed that Bueckers had indeed contracted the end of the season, as a result of a baseball game she participated in.
Penn State confirmed the news Wednesday, stating that their observatory would undergo surgery Friday at UConn Health.
UConn guard Paige Bueckers has a significant presence on and off the pitch, has a million followers on Instagram and also has several NIL deals.
“We are all heartbroken at Paige,” he said in a statement. “She’s been working really hard to get stronger and healthier this off-season, and this is an unfortunate setback.
“Paige is clearly a great basketball player, but she’s a better person and teammate and it’s a shame that this happened to her.
“We will miss her presence on the pitch, but she will do everything she can to lead and help her teammates this season.
“Our program will support Paige in her healing process to help her come back better and stronger.”
A date has yet to be set for her recovery, or exercise, return, but will be confirmed after 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 freshman campaigns in UConn and NCAA history.
Last season was an interrupted season for the 20-year-old. She played 12 games less than her debut season due to shin and meniscus surgeries.
Regardless, Bueckers averaged a respectable 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists.