Ditching NCAA Champion Angel Reese’s Bandwagon, Stephen A. Smith Declares His “Favorite” College Basketball Player

Published 10/14/2023, 3:45 AM EDT

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A unique event commemorated the institution of Iowa’s homecoming as Stephen A. Smith paid a visit to the university and hosted ‘First Take’ in real-time. Caitlin Clark, the university’s standout player, won multiple individual awards and guided the team to its first NCAA Finals appearance last season. Despite being humiliated by the LSU Tigers, the finals took an intriguing turn as Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark feuded. Angel Reese mocked Clark with John Cena’s iconic invisible motion, earning harsh criticism. Even if Clark seemed okay with it, fans could still feel the tension between these two.

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With such enmity going on, the take on Stephen A. Smith’s favorite college basketball players rekindled the fumes.

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Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese have achieved tremendous distinction in NCAA history, thanks to the NIL policy, which has paved their way to renown. Despite the fact that these two have demonstrated a dominant prowess in the game, the internet is frequently in a frenzy, taking sides between these two. Steph A. Smith has already admitted the racial bias and beef in the case of Reese and Clark.

With this, he planned to conduct an ESPN broadcast on the IOWA University campus, with Caitlin Clark as his guest. During the interview, Smith stated, “This lady right here, Caitlin Clark, is my favorite college basketball player in the world. She is something special.”

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Caitlin was taken aback by Smith’s acknowledgment, and giggled gently to show her thanks for Smith’s confession.

Why was Caitlin Clark picked over Angel Reese?

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Caitlin Clark is a standout player in the realm of college basketball. Clark is a guard for the Iowa Hawkeyes, averaging 27.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 8.6 assists per game. Angel Reese of the LSU Tigers averaged 18 points, 20 rebounds, and five assists. But fans could always see a bias between these two, as even the mock draft of ESPN showcased Caitlin as the No. 1 pick but pushed Reese to eight.

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Stephn A. Smith saw this as a racial stereotype that has been instilled in the root as fans applaud Caitlin Clark for trash talking but label Reese as “classless” for doing the same.

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Watch This Story: Ahead of Archrival Caitlin Clark and $110,000,000 Worth Out-of-Favor NBA Star, Angel Reese Rules High Among the ‘Biggest College Stars’

Though it is difficult to understand the vitriol directed against Reese, the mockery of her appearance on social media confirms the former accusation.

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Nima Murugan

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Nima Murugan is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. With a Master's in English Literature, she provides detailed analysis of the games. Nima developed an interest in the NBA after witnessing the greatness of LeBron James and she continues to support the Los Angeles Lakers with passion.
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