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LSU star Angel Reese gets her own court in her hometown

Angel Reese gained national fame after leading LSU to the 2023 NCAA Championship. (C. Morgan Engel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Angel Reese was honored on Monday with a basketball court dedicated to her in her hometown.

The Randallstown, Md., native returned home to the Scotts Branch Activity Center, where she was presented with the opportunity to cut the ribbon on “Angel Reese Court.” Last week, Reese won the 2023 ESPYs award for Best Breakthrough Athlete after leading LSU women’s basketball to their first national championship.

“Seeing my name on a basketball court in my hometown — a court where I played as a child — is a full-circle moment,” Reese said. “I go to LSU, but Baltimore, Randallstown is always home for me. I just want to thank everyone for coming and to give hope to the kids in the crowd that one day this could be you.”

Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewsi were both in attendance Monday. The “Angel Reese Court” received upgrades, which is part of a $45 million investment in modernizing basketball courts and equipment across Baltimore County.

Olszewski said that in doing so, they’re investing in the younger generation and “in the next Angel Reese.”

Scotts Branch Activity Center also received new fencing, a gate surrounding the court, poles, backboards, rims and nets. Roughly 168 county-managed basketball courts and recreation centers in the county will receive similar treatment.

“We recognize how important sports (are) to our young people — it teaches fair play, it teaches hard work, it teaches motivation, it teaches drive, it teaches fairness on and on and on, all the attributes we want in young people and adults,” Jones said. “You have inspired the next generation of female athletes in Baltimore County and across the country.”

Reese gained national fame during LSU’s 2023 NCAA championship run. In the fall, the junior will return to a team that is the favorite to repeat as champions after adding star transfers Hailey Van Lith and Aneesah Morrow in the offseason.