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Angel Reese Is Headed to the WNBA Draft. Reese Told 'Vogue,' "I've Done Everything I Wanted to in College."

Angel Reese @angelreese10

Angel Resse shared with Vogue that she's entering the WNBA draft. Instead of announcing her decision at a press conference, she felt sharing the news with Vogue would be more fitting! She told the magazine, "Of course, I like to do everything big." "I didn't want anything to be basic." While interviewing with Leah Faye Cooper, Reese explained that Serena Williams inspired her to break the news with a fashion shoot! The NCAA basketball champion said, "I've done everything I wanted to in college." "I've won a national championship, I've gotten [Southeastern Conference] Player of the Year, I've been an All-American." She continued, my ultimate goal is to be a pro—and to be one of the greatest basketball players to play, ever. I feel like I'm ready."

The Bayou Barbie later shared a heartfelt announcement on Instagram—thanking her supporters for following her on her journey in basketball. Her coach, Kim Mulkey, acknowledged Reese's announcement with a heartfelt message:

✅ National Champion

✅ Soon-to-be graduate of @LSU

✅ Inspired countless individuals, young & old

Keep growing the game @angelreese10

Many basketball fans will hate to see the energetic 6'3" power forward leave college basketball. Not only did the Baltimore native show tremendous athletic talent, but she and her teammate, Flau'jae Johnson, helped bring a different level of meaning and excitement to Women's college basketball. The Bayou Barbie and Flau'jae earned many profitable NIL deals, initially ranking among the top NIL endorsees. Between the two, they hold endorsements with Puma, Coach, Powerade, Tampax, Airbnb, Beats by Dre, and Playstation, to mention a few. Johnson also has a record deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation, not to mention their millions of social media followers. The fashion-savvy Reese was reportedly nicknamed Bayou Barbie by a fan last year for her sense of fashion and personal upkeep on and off the court. While competing, she's known for wearing lashes and manicured nails, stylish hair, and accessorizing her uniform. 

There's little doubt that Reese will make a mark in the WNBA. After playing two years of basketball in Maryland, Reese helped the LSU women's basketball program win its first NCAA championship in school history, in 2023 during her first year with the team. However, the Tigers fell short this season during the Elite Eight game after being outshot by Iowa's Caitlin Clark on Monday—preventing them from further advancing in the NCAA tournament. Reese appeared to take the loss on the chin. 

She leaves college basketball as a champion with various honors and recognition. Coach Mulkey said, "Angel, in a big body, has guard skills; she has quick hands and wants to [bring it up] a lot of times." Former LSU basketball player and NBA star Shaq credited her as being the best athlete to come out of LSU. She currently ranks number 45 in the NCAA as a scorer. Reese is reportedly excited about a new beginning, and she told Vogue, "I want to start at the bottom again," she says. "I want to be a rookie again and build myself back up; I want to be knocked down and learn and grow at the next level." 

Good luck, Angel.

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