Paige Bueckers Opens Up About Potentially Replacing Caitlin Clark As Face of Women's Hoops

UConn Huskies guard Paige Bueckers during a press conference ahead of the Final Four game vs. Iowa.
UConn Huskies guard Paige Bueckers during a press conference ahead of the Final Four game vs. Iowa. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Caitlin Clark has been the face of women's college basketball since rising to stardom at Iowa, but her collegiate career is reaching its curtain call.

With Clark set to enter the 2024 WNBA draft following the conclusion of the women's NCAA tournament, the proverbial throne and spotlight for the sport are up for the taking.

Among those who could potentially replace Clark as the most sought-after women's college basketball superstar is UConn's Paige Bueckers. The 22-year-old was asked about potentially becoming the star of women's hoops, to which she gave a profound and selfless response.

"I know freshman year I was like the media darling," Bueckers said. "... I think it's more important for the game to share the spotlight, to grow the game and show all the stars of college basketball, not just focus on one particular player.

"I honestly hope next year I'm not the focal point and the only person that gets attention. I hope as media and as players we can spread the love a little bit more."

Bueckers will return to UConn for her final collegiate season in 2024-25, and although there certainly will be an opportunity for her to step into Clark's shoes as the top star of the sport, she's hoping the spotlight gets shared among her many talented peers.

In the meantime, Bueckers will square off against Clark on Friday during the Final Four, as the Huskies and Hawkeyes compete with a national championship bid on the line.


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