The Chicago Sky’s Angel Reese has officially graduated from LSU, and she’s letting all of her doubters know they never should have counted her out.

The young star, whose standout performance during her NCAA basketball career helped propel women’s basketball into the national spotlight, recently celebrated her academic achievement on social media.

“So now what? what was said? oh okay that’s what i thought. I graduated from THE LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY IN 4 YEARS ON TIME. i thought somebody without a college degree said sum,” she captioned alongside a series of graduation photos on social media.
Angel Reese Graduates from LSU, Seemingly Claps Back at Former Teammate Flau'jae's Mom Over 2.0 GPA Shade (Photo: @angelreese5 / Instagram; @kiajbrooks / Instagram )

Angel Reese Graduates from LSU, Seemingly Claps Back at Former Teammate Flau’jae’s Mom Over 2.0 GPA Shade (Photo: @angelreese5 / Instagram; @kiajbrooks / Instagram )

The LSU grad earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, with concentrations and minors in communication studies, leadership development, and psychology. This milestone is particularly notable given that just months ago Reese faced public scrutiny over allegations that she had a low GPA then. One of her critics was Kia Brooks, the mother of her former teammate and good friend Flau’jae Johnson.

Several fans believe Reese’s caption may have been a slight aimed at Brooks.

“They was saying her gpa was too low or sum,” said one Instagram commenter, to which another replied, “Isn’t that what Flaujae mom said though? It’s not like they said it out of no where. I think that’s who she’s talking about.”

A second commenter chimed in, “Yea and they moms was like beefing on the net.”

The commenter is referring to an incident that occurred last fall, early in the LSU season. It appeared that Reese was benched by her coach, Kim Mulkey. The LSU head coach never directly explained the reason for sitting her star player down but stated only that it was a “coach’s decision.” Rumors began to swirl that Reese’s grades may have been a factor.

At some point, it seems Brooks may have addressed the decision privately with Reese’s mother, Angel Webb Reese, as their dispute spilled over onto Instagram.

Did Angel Reese have 1.8 GPA? Examining accusations from Flau’jae’s mother following Kim Mulkey’s statement

The drama featuring Angel Reese started when she didn’t play in the second half of LSU’s victory over Kent State. Coach Mulkey didn’t provide any reasons for that, merely saying it was a “coach’s decision.”

Some believe that the feud between the mother of Reese, Angel Webb, and the mother of her teammate, Flau’jae Johnson, could be behind the controversy.

Angel Webb recently posted an Instagram story criticizing a message she received.

“Folks pls do not send me long text msgs with a bunch of grammatical errors it gives me a headache,” Angel Webb wrote. “How do I know you said what you said if I can’t understand what you’re saying?”

Flau’jae Johnson’s mother, Kim Brooks, responded with her own Instagram story and hinted at Angel Reese allegedly having a GPA of “2.0 or less.”

“You definitely know about grammar errors when your daughter got a 2.0 or less GPA,” Brooks wrote. “Stop being petty, fake and hateful, and take responsibility for you and your daughter’s actions.”

This is an uncomfortable situation for Angel Reese, who is coming off a stellar 2022-23 season with LSU. She led the university to a 34-2 record and the Final Four, where the team claimed the national championship. Reese was named the MVP.

Reese had averages of 23.0 ppg and 15.4 rpg last season, along with 34 double-doubles, setting a single-season record.