Angel Reese, Maryland women’s basketball star, enters transfer portal

Maryland women’s basketball star Angel Reese has entered the NCAA transfer portal, sources told She’s the second Terps star to enter the portal today, following Ashley Owusu, who announced her departure earlier in the day.

The former No. 2 recruit in the country, Reese is one of the nation’s most talented players, having averaged 17.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Both were team highs. She was second in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (5.3), 13th in free throws made (153), and seventh in PER (39.7).

“I need to work on my game and work on things that I suffered from this season,” Reese said after Maryland’s season-ending loss to Stanford in the Sweet 16. “They backed up on me a lot and I should have taken a jump shot and I wasn’t as confident in it, and I know coming into next season I will be confident with that.”

The departures of Owusu and Reese bring a glaring question about what issues might be festering inside Brenda Frese’s program. Frese has made the program a national contender, including a national championship in 2006 and two more Final Fours, but star players have frequently departed the program in recent years and the team hasn’t advanced past the Sweet 16 since 2016.

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One secondary question: will her brother, Julian Reese, stick with the Maryland men’s program? The younger Reese is viewed as the most important building block on new coach Kevin Willard’s inherited roster, and the two siblings share a close bond. Willard can’t afford to lose the 6-foot-10 freshman.

“I’m a big fan of Julian’s in the way he plays and what a great young player he is. And I mean, just look at the family and the tradition that the family has. It’s a wonderful family. You know, when you look at what is just going on, on the women’s team, it’s kind of mind-blowing how good of an athletic family and just how good of people they are,” Willard said in a recent interview.

Angel Reese committed to Maryland in Nov. 2019, choosing the Terps over a long list of top programs. AT 6-foot-3 wing from Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy, she’d averaged 22.6 points and 19.3 rebounds as a junior and was arguably the biggest score on Frese’s long and decorated recruiting resume.

“The visit was good. It’s only 40 minutes away but it didn’t feel that close. The team chemistry was really good, and the coaches I can see myself with,” she said. “I can see myself winning a national championship there. I have the option of having all my friends and family seeing me play,” Reese told InsideMDSports at the time.

Now, after two starring years, she’ll head elsewhere.

This report will be updated.

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