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LSU star Angel Reese took 2024 WNBA draft projection as ‘an insult’

Angel Reese celebrates LSU's win over Virginia Tech in the 2023 Final Four. (Grace Bradley/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Angel Reese is eying the 2024 WNBA Draft. But the LSU basketball star is not happy with ESPN’s latest mock draft, which projects her as the No. 8 overall pick.

“That was an insult to her,” LSU head coach Kim Mulkey said. “We talked about the thing she needs to work on. Whether she gets picked higher than that or not, it still motivates her. She gets motivated in practice with someone going head-to-head with her or talking trash back at her. She’s a competitor.”

Reese and the Tigers are embarking on an NCAA title defense this season after winning the program’s first national championship in April. In the aftermath of the win, Reese’s national profile skyrocketed, on and off the court.

During the 2022-23 season, her first with LSU after transferring from Maryland, she finished with a single-season record 34 double-doubles. She averaged 23.0 points and 15.4 rebounds for the season.

While Reese, 21, has one year of eligibility remaining due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she is looking forward to taking her career to the next level, she said in a conversation with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie. Leslie spoke with Reese for Glamour magazine, which named Reese one of their 2023 College Women of the Year.

“This is my senior year, and I have the opportunity to declare for the WNBA this year if I choose to,” Reese told Leslie.

Yet while she has her eyes on the ultimate NCAA prize (another national championship), she also is keeping her individual goals in mind.

“Personally, I aspire to make it to the WNBA,” Reese said. “While I do have the option for another year, I do want to get out of college, start life outside of school, and pursue my WNBA dreams. It’s been a challenging but rewarding four years, and I’m excited to continue improving at LSU and beyond.”