The UConn star and 2020-21 national player of the year will miss the upcoming season after tearing her ACL. She spoke Thursday with reporters in her first media appearance since before her August injury.
“I’m not leaving. That is not in question,” Bueckers said. “People asked me, ‘What are you thinking about fifth year, COVID year, redshirting this year.’ I’m not thinking too far ahead about that at all. But I will be playing college basketball again.”
Since arriving at UConn, Bueckers has played just one full season of college basketball – her freshman season in 2020-21, during which she averaged 20 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She earned the Wooden Award that year, among other accolades.