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Angel Reese promises ‘another natty’ for LSU after ESPY win

Angel Reese won Best Breakthrough Athlete at the 2023 ESPY Awards. (Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

Angel Reese is confident about LSU’s chances for a repeat performance in the upcoming college basketball season.

Reese received the award for Best Breakthrough Athlete at the 2023 ESPY Awards on Wednesday after helping the Tigers to their first national championship earlier this year. She beat out Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, the San Francisco 49ers’ Brock Purdy and the Seattle Mariners’ Julio Rodríguez.

In her speech, she promised another national championship to LSU fans.

“Last year I transferred from the University of Maryland to play at LSU, and I just joined a family,” she said. “So I just want to say thank you. And another natty is coming, period.”

She also gave a shout-out to her mom, who “put me and my brother through college.” Reese’s brother Julian plays for the Maryland men’s basketball team.

Last month, Reese told People about what winning the national championship and the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player award meant to her.

“I’ll go down in history for doing what I did, and our team will for winning. I’m happy we were able to do that for Louisiana,” she said, noting that while it’s been overwhelming at times, she’s embraced being a role model.

“It’s a blessing, honestly. I’ve kind of embraced it. People are watching me,” she added. “I mean, it’s a fast life I’m living. I think I have to mature quickly. I’m going to learn from mistakes that I make, but I have a lot of great people around me that help me and I’m blessed to have them around me. I’m happy.”

ESPYs 2023: Women’s sports winners

  • Best Athlete, Women’s Sports: Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing
  • Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports: Caitlin Clark, Iowa basketball
  • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Angel Reese, LSU basketball
  • Best WNBA Player: A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
  • Best Boxer: Claressa Shields
  • Arthur Ashe Award for Courage: U.S. women’s national soccer team
  • Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award: Lauren and Jrue Holiday