College Hoops Star Bueckers Takes On A Boogie in High-Stakes Casino Showdown


This past weekend, college basketball prodigy Paige Bueckers put her luck to test on the craps table, in the electrifying company of renowned entertainer, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, or simply, A Boogie. The juxtaposition was fascinating – a High-stakes game, a rising basketball sensation and a luminary from the hip-hop world.

A Boogie, amidst his entourage, rolled the dice as the uber-fit Bueckers stood by his side, her photos soon adorning the web, quickly catapulting into a viral frenzy. Yet, the mystery remains of which one of the hotshots emerged victorious, as well as the location they selected for their gaming encounter. Given the distance from Harford, the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun tribal casinos appears unlikely contenders.

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Surprisingly, the duo was also allegedly spotted shooting some hoops somewhere in Connecticut, though the contextual details remain tightly cloaked in secrecy. The weekend spree was preceded by a vibrant Saturday night, where Bueckers along with her UConn women’s basketball squad were amongst the audience at the hip-hop concert headlined by A Boogie at Harford’s Xfinity Arena.

The star-studded event, a segment of his ongoing “Better Off Alone Global Tour”, was reportedly sold-out, featuring artists like NLE Choppa, Luh Tyler, and Byron Messia. However, stardom for A Boogie, born Julius Dubose, has not been devoid of complications. Known for his gritty Bronx upbringing, the 28-year-old rapper has faced a string of controversies, from arrests for gun and marijuana possession in New Jersey and London, to a $260K lawsuit over damages to a mansion in the Garden State.

Standing in stark contrast to Dubose, Bueckers, an impeccable image from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, has represented UConn since 2020. The 22-year-old point guard, a towering 6 feet, has an enviable collection of accolades, including AP Player of the Year, Naismith College Player of the Year, USBWA National Player of the Year and the John R. Wooden Award. Her prowess noted repeatedly as a first-team All-American.

Away from the limelight, Bueckers is private about her personal life. Her academic persistence is evident in her 3.497 cumulative GPA, as noted in being named to the dean’s list four times, and a near-perfect 3.930 GPA in the fall of 2023. A knee injury benched her for the 2022-23 season, but she remains optimistic about leading the Huskies to a national championship under the mentoring of legendary coach Geno Auriemma. Speculations are rife about her prospective WBNA team once she turns pro; however, for now, the focus remains on her collegiate journey.