Apr 3, 2024 - Sports

Angel Reese declares for WNBA draft

Angel Reese sits on on the sideline and watches her team play.

LSU's Angel Reese looks on during the teams loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images

LSU star Angel Reese declared for the WNBA draft in a Vogue profile out Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Reese had another year of eligibility at LSU, but instead she'll fulfill a dream by heading off to play professional ball.

The intrigue: Reese apparently made the decision even before LSU's loss to Iowa in the Elite Eight earlier this week.

  • She told Vogue writer Leah Faye Cooper of her plans in mid-March, saying, "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. 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."
  • And let's be clear: In a moment when so many athletes make big announcements via verbose screen-grabs shared on social media, sharing this one with a Vogue profile is verified cool.

Between the lines: Reese leaves behind quite a legacy at LSU, having led the team to its first national championship and filling her resume with titles like Best Breakthrough Athlete at the 2023 ESPYs.

  • When she heads to the WNBA, a lot of the high-dollar resources a program like LSU can afford will fall away.

Yes, but: She tells Vogue she's ready for that.

  • I want to start at the bottom again," she told the magazine. "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."

Go deeper: Read the full Vogue profile.

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