LSU’s Angel Reese named to watch list for Katrina McClain Award, symbolic of nation’s top power forward

LSU’s Angel Reese was selected Thursday as one of 20 power forwards to the 2023 preseason Katrina McClain Award watch list by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Reese joins point guard Alexis Morris on a preseason watch list with selected Monday to the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list

Both players were also featured on the media’s Preseason All-SEC Second Team on Tuesday.

“Angel is unbelievable,” Morris said Tuesday at SEC Media Day. “I’m not just talking about talent. It’s not talent that makes her great. It’s her effort and her passion and her grit. I love playing with Angel.”

Reese is as a transfer from Maryland after leading the Terrapins to the Sweet 16 last season and averaging a double-double (17.8 ppg and 10.6 rpg).

“I can tell you after three weeks of watching her (in practice), she’s a beast – and I say that with the utmost respect,” LSU coach Kim Mulkey said of Reese on Tuesday. “That beast is hard to defend. You can’t keep her off the offensive boards and she is a leader vocally, simply from the fact that she loves to compete.”

Reese, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, is one of nine newcomers (4 freshmen and five transfers). She was the No. 2 overall player out of high school and a McDonald’s All-American.

2022-23 Katrina McClain Preseason Top-20 Watchlist

Esmery Martinez – Arizona

Cate Rees – Arizona

Erynn Barnum – Arkansas

DreUna Edwards – Baylor

Lauren Gustin – BYU

Emma Ronsiek – Creighton

Aneesah Morro – DePaul

Olivia Coachran – Louisville

Angel Reese – LSU

Maddy Westbeld – Notre Dame

Addie Budnik – Richmond

Sania Faegin – South Carolina

Victoria Saxton – South Carolina

Cameron Brink – Stanford

Jasmine Franklin – Tennessee

Aaliyah Moore – Texas

Aaliyah Edwards – UCONN

Alissa Pill – Utah

Maddy Siegrist – Villanova

Sam Brunelle – Virginia

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