LSU star Angel Reese says delayed WNBA Draft decision not about money

Tigers fan favorite Angel Reese was honest in her admission over her thought process as she continues to mull over joining Caitlin Clark in declaring for the 2024 WNBA Draft.

LSU star Angel Reese has admitted that her decision over whether to declare for the WNBA Draft will not be influenced by money – as she confessed that her earnings are secure “regardless” of her choice.

LSU great Angel Reese admitted that she is still undecided over what path to take next in her burgeoning career

The forward has established herself as one of the most bankable players in the NCAA after her all-encompassing displays for the Tigers made her a household name.

Helping to lead her team to the national championship in 2023, her performances inspired leading brands to sit up and take notice.

As a result of her position as as one of the most recognizable faces in her sport, the 21-year-old has an estimated NIL valuation of a cool $1.8 million. Among the companies who have entered into partnership with Reese are sportswear giants Reebok, as well as music hardware company Beats by Dr Dre.

The youngster does now have some decisions to make on her future, however, as she now makes up her mind over whether to pursue a professional career. With the WNBA Draft coming up next month peers such as record-breaker Caitlin Clark have already decided to do exactly that.

Reese has been honest about her indecision on the subject

However, Reese is in a position where she could put off this call for another season due to having an extra year of eligibility in the NCAA due to her participation in the 2020-21 campaign, which was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now, the 2023 NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player has admitted she is still mulling over her options.

Either way, she confessed finances are not at the front of her thought process, saying: “For me, I’ve honestly learned that regardless I’m going to be able to make money staying or going. Understanding that my brand has been built, where I know that more than being in college is something I can do.”

“The deals are going to follow me if I leave or stay,” she further explained. “I’ve built that relationship with a lot of these brands. I don’t just have brands that are in college, I have brands that are long-term deals that are just past college and I think that’s the difference.”

After being honored at LSU’s Senior Day on March 3, Reese was honest about her conflicted nature when it comes to the major decision. Still seemingly in a state of flux about her feelings on turning pro, she posted on X: “Should I stay? Should I go? I don’t know.”

Addressing her player’s future, LSU coach Kim Mulkey said: “Angel said when she came here she’d stay two years and Hailey [Van Lith] said she’d stay one.

I’m just not the kind of coach to sit people down and influence them on what agents to pick or talk to them about what they want to do.

“They surely know they have the Covid year to come back. And they would be more than welcome, but I just try to stay away from having any kind of influential conversations, particularly with Angel and Hailey because they made it perfectly clear to me when they came what they wanted to do.”

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