“Don’t Have to Fake It ‘Til You Make It”: Unstoppable Angel Reese’s ‘Mantra’ to the Top Powers Up WNBA All-Star

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In the world of sports, athletes often have to suppress their real selves to become successful and reach the heights they dream of. But this stereotype has been broken by none other than the “Bayou Barbie’. She continues to be unapologetic for who she is and for her actions.

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The WNBA legend and Olympic gold medalist, Angel McCoughtry, opened up about LSU star Angel Reese’s unapologetic attitude.

The impact of Angel Reese on the sports world

Angel Reese has been making the headlines with her impressive basketball skills and unstoppable talent. She’s the kind of player everyone wants to have on their team, not against. Being her true self on the court and not apologizing for it is one of her traits loved by the fans. And joining the club of being impressed by her is the WNBA All-star Angel McCoughtry.

In a recent interview with The Athletic, McCoughtry said, “That an African American woman from Baltimore can speak her mind, that she can totally be herself. She doesn’t have to, as so many of us heard growing up, ‘fake it ’til you make it. I think that’s what she’s teaching all of us, that you don’t have to fake it ’til you make it. You can be unapologetically you and make it. That’s how powerful her story is.”  Notably, Angel Reese is making waves in college basketball.

A rising star

Born on May 6th, 2002, learning to play basketball with her mother, Angel Reese showed early signs of interest in the sport. In her high school career, as a junior, Reese averaged 22.6 points and 19.3 rebounds per game. This earned her All-Metro Player of the Year from The Baltimore Sun. This was even after getting suspended for punching an opposing player in the face.

Currently, she is playing for the Louisiana State University Tigers as a Forward. She averages an impressive 23 points, 15.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. In the 2022-23 NCAA season, she played a crucial role in helping the Tigers win the championship. According to On3 Elite, Reese’s current valuation stands at $1.7 Million. Thanks to the NIL deals with companies like Bose, Reebok, Amazon, Airbnb, and many more.  As the 2023-24 NCAA is soon to take place, all eyes will be on Reese as fans will be eager to see the Bayou Barbie in action.