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WNBA Draft: Angel Reese wants to “be a Rookie again”

LSU star explains her decision to pursue her WNBA career.



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Angel Reese, the formidable 6’3″ forward hailing from LSU, has just embarked on her professional journey with the Chicago Sky after being selected as the 7th pick in the WNBA draft. With an impressive collegiate career marked by stellar performances, Reese enters the professional arena poised to make her mark among the best in the game.

Angel Reese was a polarizing figure at LSU

In her final season at LSU, Angel Reese showcased her dominance, averaging 18.6 points and 13.4 rebounds per game. Her exceptional performance earned her the prestigious title of SEC Player of the Year, while her leadership guided her team to yet another Final Four appearance. Despite falling short of clinching another championship, Reese made her impact on the court.

However, Reese’s journey wasn’t without its challenges. Following LSU’s national championship win in 2023, she faced both worship and scrutiny from media and fans alike. The spotlight was intense, casting her as a polarizing figure in the basketball world. Yet, amidst the whirlwind of attention, Reese remained resolute in her commitment to her craft.

Reese feels she was ready for the next chapter

In her post-draft press conference, Angel Reese expressed a mix of anticipation and determination. Ready to embrace being a rookie once again, she acknowledged the daunting task of competing in the WNBA. Yet, it was evident that Reese viewed this new chapter as a welcomed opportunity for growth and development.

For Reese, transitioning to the professional level represents more than just a career advancement—it’s a chance to test her skills against the best in the world. With her sights set on making an impact with the Chicago Sky, Reese is prepared to face the challenges head-on, ready to rise to the occasion and carve out her place among the WNBA’s finest.

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