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Angel Reese calls transfer to LSU the ‘best decision of my life’


As LSU basketball prepares for the NCAA Tournament, Angel Reese knows she made the right choice in joining the Tigers.

Reese transferred from Maryland in the offseason to LSU in the offseason, and the 6-3 forward has thrived with her new program.

She is averaging 23.4 points and 15.5 rebounds per game, both in the top five in the country. On Wednesday, she was one of five players named to the Associated Press All-America first team. And at 5:30 p.m. ET Friday, she’ll lead the No. 3 seed Tigers into their first-round matchup against No. 14 seed Hawaii.

“This has been the best decision of my life!!” she tweeted earlier this week of her transfer. “GO BE HAPPY!!”

LSU coach Kim Mulkey played a big part in convincing Reese to join the Tigers. After she entered the transfer portal, she visited Baton Rouge, and her future immediately clicked into place.

“When I came here, I just fell in love with everything — the environment, the people, everything that Coach Mulkey did in one year,” Reese told Just Women’s Sports. “My development, where she had me as a plan for the next two to three years — all of that was set up for me so I was just like, yeah, this is the perfect place for me.”

The transfer has worked out for both sides. Reese has emerged as a top-five player in the nation and enters March Madness as a No. 3 seed with LSU, while her former team Maryland earned a No. 2 seed behind star senior Diamond Miller, a second-team All-American selection.

Reese is joined on the first team by South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston, Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, Villanova’s Maddy Siegrist and Indiana’s Mackenzie Holmes.