GREENVILLE, S.C. — Angel Reese is not a finalist for the Naismith or Wade national player of the year awards.
And Kim Mulkey isn’t happy about it.
Reese, LSU’s All-American forward, lost out to South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston, Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, Villanova’s Maddy Siegrist and Elizabeth Kitley of Virginia Tech for the Naismith Award. Boston, Clark, Siegrist and Indiana’s Mackenzie Holmes are finalists for the Wade Trophy.
“(It) was a shock to me that Angel Reese is not (considered) one of the four best players in the country,” Mulkey said Thursday.
Reese ranks fifth in the nation in scoring (23.8 points per game) and second in rebounding (15.7 rpg). She is the only Division I player in the top five in both statistical categories.
Reese was also left off the list of finalists for the Wooden Award, which includes an academic component.
Reese brushed off questions about her not being a finalist.
“It’s bigger than me,” she said. “I just want to be with my teammates and get to the Final Four. That’s the finalist I want to be.”