Paige Bueckers Became a Proud Mom Meme After UConn Teammate Aaliyah Edwards Got Drafted By Mystics

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During Monday night’s WNBA draft, UConn Huskies star Paige Bueckers unintentionally stole a fraction of the spotlight from former teammate Aaliyah Edwards simply by taking out her phone.

When Edwards was drafted by the Washington Mystics with the No. 6 pick, Bueckers was seen pulling out her phone camera and trying to get the picture-perfect shot of Edwards as she walked up to the podium.

In other words, Bueckers was acting like the ultimate proud mom.

Bueckers’s behavior quickly went viral on X (formerly known as Twitter). Even Edwards said that Bueckers was “recording like a proud momma.”

And college basketball fans loved it.

Bueckers alaso displayed similar supportive antics later that night when teammate Nika Muhl was drafted by the Seattle Storm with the No. 14 pick.

This past season, Bueckers, Edwards and Muhl carried the Huskies to the Final Four—UConn’s 23rd all-time appearance—before getting knocked out by Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes. The 22-year-old Bueckers will return to UConn next season for what will likely be one last dance with coach Geno Auriemma.

Kristen Wong


Kristen Wong is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. She has been a sports journalist since 2020. Before joining SI, Kristen covered four NFL teams as an associate editor with the FanSided NFL Network and worked as a staff writer for the brand’s flagship site. She has written about soccer, the NFL, NBA, and MLB since 2020, and outside of work, has dreams of running her own sporty dive bar.