Angel Reese Announces Plans To Leave LSU, Declares For WNBA Draft

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 18: Angel Reese attends the 2023 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue release party at Hard Rock Hotel New York on May 18, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)

LSU women’s basketball standout Angel Reese has set her sights on the professional stage. She has now announced her departure from collegiate play to pursue a career in the WNBA. The decision, revealed through a Vogue fashion shoot reminiscent of Serena Williams’ iconic retirement announcement, marks a significant shift in Reese’s athletic journey.

In an exclusive interview with Vogue, Reese shared her motivations behind the move, emphasizing her desire to make a grand entrance into the professional realm. “Of course, I like to do everything big,” she expressed, underscoring her aversion to the mundane.

Reflecting on her collegiate achievements, including a national championship and numerous accolades, Reese expressed readiness for the challenges of the WNBA. “My ultimate goal is to be a pro—and to be one of the greatest basketball players to play, ever,” she declared.

Transitioning to the professional league means confronting new dynamics, as Reese highlighted. “I’ll be working with grown women,” she acknowledged, recognizing the shift in competition and responsibilities. Despite the anticipated challenges, Reese embraces the grind, emphasizing her determination to thrive in the professional arena.

Reese’s Farewell to LSU

In a heartfelt tribute to her four-year tenure with LSU, Reese bid farewell to her collegiate career in a video shared on social media. Expressing gratitude to her support network, including family, coaches, and fans, Reese acknowledged their role in her journey.

Leaving LSU with a legacy of success, Reese expressed appreciation for the opportunities and platform the university provided. “I’m leaving college with everything I’ve ever wanted,” she said. She cited her achievements and personal growth as invaluable takeaways.

As Reese prepares for the WNBA Draft, she reflects on her journey with LSU. She acknowledged the bittersweet conclusion of a remarkable chapter. Despite the challenges ahead, Reese approaches the next phase of her career with determination and humility. She is eager to embrace the rookie experience and continue her pursuit of greatness.