Angel Reese Benched: What We Know About LSU Star's Mystery Absence

Angel Reese is one of the best players in women's college basketball, and one of the biggest names in college basketball as a whole.

Reese was also, however, a healthy scratch from the defending NCAA champion LSU Tigers' game against Southeastern Louisiana last week. That came on the heels of an odd game against Kent State.

That set the stage for Friday's absence, after which Mulkey was similarly vague and sounded somewhat affronted that reporters were still asking about Reese's situation.

LSU players were not made available to talk to reporters following Friday's game, which the No. 5 Tigers won 73-50. A spokesperson for LSU referred Newsweek to Mulkey's comments postgame on Friday.




Reese's celebrity status rose significantly during the NCAA postseason, when she helped lead LSU through the NCAA tournament.

Reese, of course, is eligible for name, image and likeness (NIL) money, and On3 Sports estimates Reese's NIL earning potential at $1.7 million.

LSU will take on Texas Southern Monday evening. It's unclear whether Reese will be available. Presumably, the longer she is out without further explanation, the louder the noise will grow.