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The Best Photos Of Controversial Basketball Star Angel Reese

Darren - May 10, 2023
College Sports

The Best Photos Of Controversial Basketball Star Angel Reese

Darren - May 10, 2023

Angel Reese became a breakout star in the spring of 2023 after the LSU women’s basketball team’s incredible NCAA tournament success. Her team defeated Iowa, but that’s not the main reason why she made headlines. No, she became embroiled in a heated trash-talk battle with Iowa star Caitlin Clark that dominated sports news. After the win, Resse also shredded Jill Biden after the First Lady considered inviting both LSU and Iowa to the White House after the game.

Reese found this offensive because she believed the largely white Iowa team would overshadow the largely black LSU’s achievement. Needless to say, these two issues made her one of the most controversial basketball stars in the nation – male or female. The future is bright for Reese, so today we’ll look at some of her most telling photos and see what we can learn about this soon-to-be superstar.

Master and Apprentice

In the picture below we see Reese with her mentor Kim Mulkey. The LSU head coach was the mastermind behind the school’s NCAA championship win. Mulkey understands that she’s in a special position and that it’s not always easy for her players to trust her. No matter what, she does her best to support these young women and provide them with guidance.


Meanwhile, she defended Reese and explained that the basketball star never truly crossed any lines. Mulkey said: “That child just won a national championship. She’s not afraid of social media. That is who Angel is. She trash-talks on the court, but she doesn’t cross, really, the line of vulgarity” (via Today).”

Bayou Barbie

Fans call Reese the ‘Bayou Barbie’ because of her gorgeous looks. Reese embraces her femininity as we can see on her Instagram account. She’s happy to share photos where she shows her favorite outfits and flaunts her toned body. The shot below is a perfect example of one of Reese’s selfies.

Angel Reese/Instagram

But the six-foot-three-inch beauty is also one of the best basketball players in the nation. She’s not just a bimbo looking for attention because she already earned that. Reese has legions of fans who admire her for different reasons. But, first and foremost, she’s a fantastic role model for young women across the world (via Allure).

You Can’t See Me

Reese attracted criticism after she made the famous John Cena ‘You Can’t See Me’ gesture several times against Iowa State. Her detractors said that her behavior showed a lack of class and they harshly rebuked her. But this overlooked the fact that Caitlin Clark was the first player on the court to make the sign.

Angel Reese/Today

Reese refused to apologize for her trash talk and her on-court actions. “All year, I was critiqued about who I was,” Reese said (via USA Today Sports). “I don’t fit the narrative, I don’t fit in a box that y’all want me to be in. I’m too hood, I’m too ghetto. Y’all told me that all year. But when other people do it, y’all say nothing.”

Paradise Awaits

Reese loves basketball and it’s the main focus of her life. But everybody needs downtime as we can see from the photo below. The Maryland native gazes seductively at the camera as she wears a green bikini. She posted this steamy photo on her Instagram and instantly set her fans’ pulses racing.

Angel Reese/Instagram

The LSU star traveled to the Bahamas as she enjoyed a sunny vacation in paradise. The blue water is beautiful behind her but it’s almost impossible to focus on it with the beautiful Reese in front. It’s important to focus on Reese’s basketball achievements but she also knows how to play the social media game (via The Spun).

School Icon

It’s not easy to become an athletic icon at a school like LSU. Some amazing sports stars represented their different programs over the years. Think about the likes of Joe Burrow, Shaquille O’Neal, and Leonard Fournette. But Reese belongs in this company because she’s arguably their greatest-ever female basketball player.

LSU Athletics

Here we see Reese in full flight during the NCAA tournament. She won the Final Four MVP award after some amazing displays. Angry white men may not have liked her attitude but she backed it up on the court. Reese showed that she’s a game-changer on and off the hardwood with her skills and tough talk (via LSU Athletics).

Behind the Scenes

It’s remarkable how composed Reese remains despite the amount of hate she receives online. The LSU star endured a lot of abuse after she shared this photo on Instagram. Some people wrote that they didn’t know if she was an Instagram model or a basketball player. However, Reese is proving that beauty and sporting prowess don’t have to be mutually exclusive.


She’s a young, confident woman who is finding her place in the world. These people should appreciate that she’s willing to speak out about what she thinks is important. Reese is also offering an insight into her life and shows what goes on behind the scenes in an NCAA campaign. In the end, she’s growing up and having fun along the way (via The Atlantic).

Celebration Time

Reese had a great game against Iowa State. She scored 15 points against the Cyclones with 10 rebounds and five assists. Meanwhile, she averaged over 20 points per game throughout the tournament. The media is already linking her with the WNBA but she refuses to rush her career and may stay with LSU for another year.


Here we can see how much the championship victory meant to Reese and her teammates. This was the culmination of hard work and determination because they gave everything. LSU signed the best coach available and assembled an exciting roster of talented players. But Reese was the jewel in their crown on a special day (via CBS Sports).

Green Queen

It’s easy to see that green is one of Reese’s favorite colors. The basketball star donned another green bikini for this Instagram selfie. She posed in front of the camera as she flaunted her toned and powerful physique. Reese knew what she was doing when she shared this shot with her fanbase.

Angel Reese/Instagram

These days Instagram and TikTok are crucial tools for college athletes. Stars like Livvy Dunne earn millions of dollars in endorsements because of their online profile. Reese is happy to embrace her femininity and to show that every physique can be beautiful. There’s no doubt that she’s winning at life (via WDSU).

Bigger Than Me

Here’s a picture of Reese with her LSU teammate Alexis Morris after they defeated Utah. It was a tough game but they ground out the victory. We can see the pure passion on their faces because this meant a lot to them. Some people think that Reese is selfish and only cares about herself but that’s not true.

Sports Illustrated

The basketball star said that it wasn’t about her before LSU played the Cyclones.”It’s bigger than me, it’s bigger than LSU… it’s just bigger,” Reese said (via Essence). I feel like it’s for women’s basketball, and we’ve helped grow it a lot this year just being able to be who we are.” It’s impossible not to respect this attitude because she’s fighting the good fight.

National Champion

This image sums up the greatest moment of Reese’s short basketball career. She won her first major ring after LSU claimed the NCAA title against the Iowa State Cyclones. Reese was the best player in the tournament and won the Final Four MVP award. The victory meant a lot to her because she endured a lot of abuse.

Angel Reese/Instagram

But this young icon refused to allow it to affect her and continued to put in strong performances. We can see her holding the beautiful trophy as she represents her school with pride. Meanwhile, she wears a ‘Champs’ baseball cap as she celebrates this outstanding victory. We’re sure that they had a great party after this brilliant moment (via Andscape).

Maryland Native

It’s easy to forget that Reese began her basketball career in Maryland before she entered the transfer portal. It was bad news for the Terrapins because she was on course to become one of the best players in the nation. But LSU secured the services of former Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey and this convinced Reese.

Maryland Athletics

Here we see her wearing Maryland’s famous red. It was clear from the very beginning that she had elite potential. This great action shot shows the concentration on Reese’s face as she focuses on the game. Maryland’s loss was LSU’s gain but the Terrapins didn’t begrudge her for leaving (via Maryland Athletics).

Blue Bombshell

Reese shared this stunning shot of her on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. She wrote: “Pretty, paid & most importantly out the way… don’t mix me!” This photo shows a different side of Reese because she looks more like a normal college student. She wears black-framed glasses as the sun kisses her face.

Angel Reese/Instagram

Meanwhile, the blue leisure wear suits her perfectly and she shows her personality with lime-green nails. Maybe she would want to wash her car because the roof isn’t very clean. Reese has 1.6 million Instagram followers and they loved seeing this side of her life. She’s one of the most popular college athletes today (via Action Network).

Champions United

LSU has had some sporting icons over the past few decades. Here we can see two of their brightest and most-recent athletic stars. Joe Burrow returned to his alma mater for the LSU spring game and met his fellow champion. The Bengals quarterback posed with Reese as they pointed to their ring fingers.


It’s a great moment for Reese because it shows the respect she receives from her fellow stars. She might not be a fully-fledged professional yet but she’s quickly becoming one of the most recognizable athletes in the nation. Reese doesn’t look overawed as she stands beside the Super Bowl contender (via Newsbreak).

Beautiful View

If Reese walked away from basketball today she’d instantly become one of the most coveted models in the industry. She’s a natural in front of the camera as we can see from this beautiful shot below. The basketball star is standing on a rooftop in Baton Rouge with an amazing panoramic sky behind her.

Angel Reese/Instagram

We’re not sure which is more beautiful: Reese or the cloudy backdrop. However, her fans didn’t have doubts and instantly jumped into the comments. They praised her for her body confidence and amazing style. Reese is a major advocate for femininity and wears long braids. She dresses impeccably and always paints her nails (via Pop Sugar).

Rising Star

Reese knew that she was destined for greatness but she never took it for granted. In the photo below she flexes her muscles as she shows her power. This was during her time with Maryland when she proved that nobody should take her lightly. LSU jumped at the opportunity to steal her from the Terrapins.

Maryland Athletics

The power forward is a physical specimen and outmuscles many of her rivals. LSU lists her as six-foot-three inches tall and says that she weighs 165 lbs. Some women would feel insecure about this size but Reese embraces it. She knows that her body will make her a millionaire and a star (via Hollywood Life).

Maxi Dress

This photo gives a good indication of Reese’s preferred style. She loves wearing cutout dresses that enhance her toned, lean physique. This blue bodycon hugs her in all of the right places and reveals some skin while leaving enough to the imagination. Meanwhile, she pouts with a bored expression on her face.

Angel Reese/Instagram

Reese always has immaculate nails and would grow them longer if she didn’t play basketball. This may seem like a stupid thing but it’s a minor example of the sacrifices that elite athletes make. They can’t do ordinary things like a drink with their friends or eat junk food when they feel like it (via The Sun).

Pure Joy

Many of Reese’s critics like to frame her as selfish and attention-seeking. This couldn’t be further from the truth because she is a team player. They hate her because she’s not afraid to say what she thinks or to be the person she wants to be. If everybody did this, the world might be a better place.

Baltimore Sun

She radiates joy in this photo as she celebrates victory with her teammate. The Maryland native knows that there’s nothing to gain by being a complete individual in a team sport. Anybody who says otherwise doesn’t know what they’re talking about. It’s interesting how many people had opinions about the sport after she became vocal (via Sportico).

Greatest Athlete

Reese won a lot of admirers during her incredible March Madness run with LSU. But she probably didn’t expect to impress the legendary Shaquille O’Neal. ‘Shaq’ spoke about how Reese was amazing during LSU’s championship run. He also had a strong take on her level compared to some of the school’s previous stars.

Fox News

According to the four-time NBA champion, Reese is a superior athlete to even Joe Burrow.“She’s probably the greatest athlete ever to come out of LSU sports. You heard it here first,” O’Neal said (via The US Sun). “Man and female. Did you hear what I just said? Male and female. Ever.” That’s high praise from a great LSU star himself.

Thirst Trap

The Tigers star loves to post a thirst trap and give her fans something to talk about. The photo below is a classic example of her Instagram poses. Some men find tall and strong women to be intimidating but Reese doesn’t care about them. She’s comfortable in her skin and she embraces body positivity.

Angel Reese/Instagram

Remember, women’s basketball also has many LGBTQI fans too so she’s not posting just for men. If they don’t like her pictures that doesn’t bother her. But she’s doing something right because her Instagram following exploded during her NCAA tournament run. Now she’s one of the biggest college stars out there today (via Prospects Nation).

Power Pose

In this shot, we see Reese perched on top of a basketball hoop. She wears a jersey with the number one and raises her finger to emphasize it. It’s safe to say that she’s the best female player in college basketball right now. Even her Iowa rival Caitlin Clark agrees that Reese is on another level.

Sports Illustrated

Reese was unapologetic after the iconic victory. She said: “So this was for the girls that look like me, that’s going to speak up on what they believe in. It’s unapologetically you. That’s what I did it for tonight. It was bigger than me tonight, it was bigger than me. Twitter is going to go on a rage every time, and I’m happy (via Basketball Insiders).”