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8 Facts to Be Aware of About UConn Basketball Sensation Paige Bueckers presently

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Paige Bueckers is dominating the March Madness tournament this year with her injury-free and focused mindset. She expressed her desire to have fun and embrace the joy of playing, which she believes leads to better performance on the court. Interestingly, Bueckers and Caitlin Clark, two Final Four powerhouses, were once teammates in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup where they won gold. Clark spoke highly of Bueckers, highlighting her leadership qualities and work ethic.

Bueckers is not just a talented athlete, but also an advocate for social causes. After winning the ESPY for Best Women’s College Athlete in 2021, she used her platform to shed light on the lack of media coverage for Black women athletes. Bueckers, who has a Black brother, actively speaks out against racism, police brutality, and social injustice on her social media platforms. She is using her voice to work towards creating a more accepting world for her younger brother and others like him.

Taking advantage of the new NCAA rules allowing student-athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL), Bueckers applied to trademark the nickname “Paige Buckets” in order to sell merchandise. Although the trademark application seems to have been abandoned, with UConn making it to the Final Four for the 23rd time, it might be the perfect time for Bueckers to revisit this plan and offer her fans some exclusive swag.

With a massive following on Instagram and TikTok, Bueckers has secured lucrative sponsorships and partnerships with top brands like CVS, Dunkin’, US Army, Gatorade, and Nike. Sports Illustrated estimated that she earned around $824,000 within the first 18 months of the NIL rules being implemented, making her one of the highest-paid college athletes. Bueckers’ popularity both on and off the court is evident through her strong relationships with her teammates, whom she considers as family.

Bueckers’ emotional connection to her teammates was evident in a recent post-game press conference where she expressed regret for missing an opportunity to help her teammate break a school record. She described her teammate as her “sister” and “twin,” demonstrating the deep bond she shares with those she plays alongside. As she continues to excel in the tournament and beyond, Bueckers remains a force to be reckoned with, both as a basketball player and as a voice for social change.

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