Playing or not, we could learn a thing or two from Angel Reese

How the LSU star entered the transfer portal and made waves

Shannon Vaughn

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Prior to LSU women’s basketball team championship run this past Spring, I hadn’t heard of their star player Angel Reese.

Aside from clips here and there on Tik Tok — most notably her blocking a shot with one hand whilst shoe in the other — she wasn’t on my radar.

For many others myself included, that all changed April 2, 2023. The day LSU captured their first national championship with record viewership exceeding nine million.

That game catapulted Reese into super stardom. And we were all along for the ride.

What proceeded the championship game for Reese was a swarm of media appearances, a massive uptick in social media followers (1M+), and her possibly becoming the highest earning athlete in NIL.

Her rising star was evident. Her history was not.

Reese spent her first two seasons of college basketball with the University of Maryland. A foot injury limited her Freshman campaign to fifteen games. Yet proved solid averaging 10 points per contest. Sophomore year she returned with a vengeance averaging a double double. The first Terp to do so since Angie Scott in 1975.

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