Baton Rouge, LA — LSU Tigers’ star forward Angel Reese is starting her new season with a slam dunk, as she announced a groundbreaking endorsement deal with Reebok, the renowned shoe and athletic apparel company. The news came on Tuesday, exciting fans and athletes alike as Reese prepares to embark on her first season after leading LSU to a national title last spring.
Reebok officially unveiled the partnership, emphasizing their commitment to nurturing top talent in the world of college basketball. In an interview published on the company’s website, Reese shared her enthusiasm for the collaboration and credited former LSU and NBA legend, Shaquille O’Neal, who recently became Reebok’s President of Basketball, for playing a pivotal role in bringing this prestigious deal to fruition.
“Now that he’s just been announced as their President of Basketball, that is inspirational to me, just being able to see an athlete or former athlete shift from not just being an athlete, but being the president of the brand is something that’s important,” Reese said. “I would love to do that one day.”
This announcement marks a significant moment in the career of Angel Reese, who last April led the LSU Tigers to their first Women’s National Championship. During that historic season, she averaged an impressive 23 points and 15.3 rebounds per game, solidifying her status as one of the top talents in women’s college basketball.
Former LSU legend and NBA icon Shaquille O’Neal, who recently returned to the sneaker company that played a pivotal role in his own career, expressed his enthusiasm about signing Reese as his first client since taking on the role of President of Basketball at Reebok.
“For my first appointment in this role, it had to be the GOAT,” said Shaq. “There is no one making a bigger impact on the game right now than Angel Reese.”
Reese’s connection with Reebok is particularly meaningful, as the brand holds a special place in her heart. “I am honored to be working closely with one of my longtime mentors, Shaq, along with a brand that I have admired since I was just a little kid. It means the world to me that they trust in me to extend their legacy to a new generation,” Reese reflected.
This groundbreaking endorsement deal is not only a personal milestone for Angel Reese but also an exciting development for LSU women’s basketball. The LSU Tigers, under Reese’s leadership, have reached new heights, and they recently achieved the preseason number one ranking for the 2023-2024 season.
The LSU community and fans across the nation eagerly anticipate the start of the new season, hoping to witness Angel Reese continuing her remarkable journey as a top athlete and an inspiring role model for aspiring basketball stars. With the support of Reebok and the guidance of her mentor Shaquille O’Neal, the future looks bright for this All-American forward and her alma mater.