Is Paige Bueckers the best girls' high school player in state history? The facts bear that out. Bueckers has been a varsity standout at Hopkins, arguably the preeminent girls basketball program in the state, since eighth-grade. She topped 2,000 career points this season and is currently sitting at 2,288. Her skills are plentiful. She can score off the dribble, has range past the arc, is unselfish, has great court vision, creates opportunities for her teammates and has the innate sense of when she needs to assert herself while never slowing down the flow of a game. She's a three-time Team USA gold medalist and is the consensus No. 1-ranked recruit in the Class of 2020. And now she'll be the first Minnesotan recruited out of high school to play for Geno Auriemma. Said prep basketball expert Marc Hugunin: "She's not going to be the all-time high scorer. But with the addition of a state title, she's now checked just about every box otherwise."

jim paulsen