Ever since the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) removed the restriction of student-athletes capitalizing on their name, image, and likeness (NIL), students have thrived and continue to do so. Last week, it was reported that Louisiana State University (LSU) basketball phenom, Angel Reese made history when she collaborated with Dick’s Sporting Goods to present her own branded apparel at a major retailer, according to Basketball Insiders. The items in her collection can be purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Baton Rouge as well as online.
College basketball star Angel Reese makes history as the first college athlete with personal branded apparel at a major retailer. Her apparel is available in Dick’s Sporting Goods in Baton Rouge, LA. pic.twitter.com/AwZkLxeQvk
— Black Millionaires ® (@Blackmillions_) January 15, 2024
The “Bayou Barbie” has a self-named collection that features casual and athletic wear, from t-shirts, hoodies, and crop tops.
The successful athlete who drove her team to win the NCAA Women’s Championship last season is doing so well in the NIL game that On3.com has listed her value as $1.7 million. That makes her the highest-paid female athlete, just ahead of her teammate, Flau’jae Johnson, who trails her with $1.1 million and also places Reese at No. 7 overall. Essentially Sports has reported that Reese has also secured a NIL with Reebok and the sneaker giant will debut her first shoe collection later this year. It’s been reported that she will design the collection and the line will be named Angel’s Picks.
Meanwhile, LSU Wire has reported that she was just named the SEC (The Southeastern Conference) Player of the Week. Reese was instrumental in victories posted against the University of Alabama, where she scored 20 points and snatched 16 rebounds in the 78-58 blowout win and the University of Arkansas, when she put up 16 points along with securing 17 rebounds in another blowout win, 99-68. The LSU Tigers are now 18-2, in second place behind the undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks (17-0).
Angel Reese is the SEC Player of the Week and Mikaylah Williams is the Co-SEC Freshman of the Week!
— LSU Women’s Basketball (@LSUwbkb) January 23, 2024
Angel Reese Continues To Score NIL Deals With Recent Dick’s Sporting Goods Collaboration