Angel Reese is from Maryland, a place known for its Chesapeake crabs, but she had no idea how Louisiana does seafood until she got to Kim Mulkey’s house for a visit after entering the transfer portal.
In a video with WSLAM for a cover shoot, Reese said she did not think she was going to LSU until fellow transfer Kateri Poole asked Reese if she was going. Then when Reese got a call from Mulkey, she decided to visit. LSU was her first visit, but after coming to Baton Rouge she canceled other visits.
“We went to coach’s house and we had seafood laid out… I’m talking about crab legs, oysters, shrimp, crawfish,” Reese said. “I was like, ‘oh I could get used to this.'”
Her teammate and fellow Slam Magazine cover girl Flau’jae Johnson was hooked on LSU when they took her to a recording studio. But the two didn’t meet until the summer.
“I was like ‘okay she cool, but can she hoop though,'” Johnson said with a scoff.
It was their first scrimmage where Johnson saw how dominant her teammate can be. She was grabbing rebounds and not afraid to go up strong to the hoop.
“We gon’ win the Natty, she’s crazy,” Johnson remembers.
Johnson recalls how scared she was about coming to LSU because of the amount of talent on the team. She said she never thought she would start because she did not think she was doing well at practice but when she saw her name on the board for the starting lineup, she cried.
“Not too many freshmen like Flau’jae… she’s a hard worker, she grinds,” Reese said.
Johnson was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and Reese was named to the AP’s All-American team. The two will take the court against Hawaii on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
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