LSU’s Angel Reese selected as a Naismith Defensive Player of the Year semifinalist

Angel Reese has been stacking up conference awards this season, but with the regular season in the books and the No. 5 LSU Tigers set to begin their postseason run, she may also be in line for some national discussions.

On Monday, Reese was named a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. She’s one of 10 semifinalists and is joined by fellow SEC athletes Brea Beal and Aliyah Boston, both of whom play for South Carolina.

Reese is also one of just three underclassmen among the semifinalists.

A sophomore transfer from Maryland, Reese has played a major role in the leap forward the Tigers took this winter. She averaged 23.7 points and 16 rebounds during the regular season, in addition to 1.5 blocks and 1.8 steals. She leads the team in all four of those metrics.

Reese’s defensive prowess is apparent from the moment you start watching this LSU team, and it’s no surprise she’s garnering national attention as the No. 5 Tigers finished the season 27-1.

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