LSU Basketball Star Angel Reese Announces Departure for WNBA Pursuit

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Angel Reese Leaving from LSU for WNBA Pursuit

  • LSU basketball standout Angel Reese has decided to forgo her collegiate career to pursue a professional path in the WNBA.
  • Reese made her announcement via Instagram on Wednesday, further detailing her decision in a feature article published by Vogue.

Following LSU's defeat to Iowa in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, ESPN disclosed that it was the most-watched women’s college basketball game in history.

The matchup, a rematch of last year's national championship game, intensified Reese's resolve to transition to the professional league.

Reflecting on Success:

In her interview with Vogue, Reese reflected on her collegiate accomplishments, including winning a national championship, earning Southeastern Conference Player of the Year honors, and garnering All-American recognition. She expressed her aspiration to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time and affirmed her readiness for the next chapter in her career.

With the WNBA draft scheduled for April 15, Reese, a 6-foot-3-inch forward, is anticipated to be selected within the top 10 picks based on mock drafts.

Just a year ago, Reese led LSU to their inaugural women’s basketball national championship victory, securing a memorable win against Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Source: Twitter/Angel Reese

In her final collegiate game against Iowa in the Elite Eight, despite sustaining an ankle injury, Reese showcased her talent with a stellar performance, recording 17 points, 20 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and two steals. Her exceptional showing marked her 10th consecutive double-double in the NCAA tournament, equaling the tournament record.

Reese, who will turn 22 in May, began her collegiate career at Maryland before transferring to LSU, where she left an indelible mark on the basketball program.

Following Monday's game, Reese and Clark shared a moment during the post-game handshake. Reese recounted their exchange, highlighting mutual respect and encouragement for each other's future endeavors.

The highly anticipated rematch between LSU and Iowa not only reignited on-court rivalries but also attracted a record-breaking audience. With 12.3 million viewers tuning in and a peak of 16.1 million, Monday's game surpassed the previous record of 9.9 million viewers set during LSU's national title victory in 2023.

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