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Angel Reese is one player who may have lost an early round this year but still continues to hover in everyone’s minds. Whether you talk about NBA legends like Shaquille O’Neal or the upcoming NCAA star JuJu Watkins, everyone is discussing her. The freshly minted National Freshman of the Year has a lot to say about the 2x WBCA Coaches’ All-American. Specifically, she expressed her appreciation for what the All-American has done for women’s college basketball.

On the latest episode of Podcast P, Paul George asked Watkins if she was able to connect with Reese after their March Madness run ended early. To this, the guard for the USC Trojans replied, “No, I haven’t. But what she’s doing for the game is so exciting. She is so exciting to watch.”

Adding more praises to the former Lady Tiger, Watkins said, “I think the numbers speak for themselves, continuous double-doubles. She’s a great player. She’s really helping grow the game.”

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The LA Clippers’ PG-13 also applauded Reese for her impact on the women’s basketball league. Calling her a “special talent,” the 2016 gold medalist also mentioned Reese’s unique fan base. He also cheered for the Bayou Barbie saying she is one of the biggest faces in women’s basketball. Angel Reese has surely seen all the faces of popularity as she has been scrutinized, praised, and idolized during her two years at LSU.

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So what’s next for the stellar performer as she finally steps out of Baton Rouge?

Angel Reese goes from NCAA star to the biggest WNBA prospect

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Reese had given a very innocent reason for why, even as a junior, she wanted to enter the 2024 WNBA draft. She wanted to start again as a rookie and build herself back up. Even then, the No. 10 of the Lady Tigers broke the news in an outright diva manner through a Vogue photoshoot. While her focus shifted from scoring to rebounds this season, she managed to be on top of that race. Hence, though she did not grab the top-5 spots on projected WNBA drafts, she is the overall 8th pick.

Paired with Chicago Sky’s rebuilding roster, Reese might have a chance to show her defensive prowess. Nevertheless, she will have to bring out the best of her scoring abilities as well to get some significant time on the floor.

While she may have ended her college basketball career, she has left behind a huge legacy for Kim Mulkey’s Tigers. She has tied for 10 consecutive double-doubles in the NCAA tournament, created an NCAA record for 34 double-doubles in the 2022-23 season, and stands tall at the first spot in leading NCAA with 61 double-doubles in just two seasons with LSU.

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The 11x SEC Player of the Year has undeniably made a mark. It is delightful to see a budding superstar like JuJu Watkins appreciate her and acknowledge all she did as a college basketball player. What are your thoughts?