LSU Women's Basketballs Best Player not Named Angel Reese

Mikaylah Williams was a top rated high school prospect in 2023 who has wasted no time taking the SEC and college basketball world by storm. Williams is helping to lead LSU to another fantastic start to the season and looks to be the future of the program.

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Mikaylah Williams has taken women’s college basketball by storm during the first part of this season for the LSU Tigers. The freshman sensation out of Bossier City, Louisiana was the number two ranked recruit nationally according to www.espn.com with a grade of 98 overall.

Through 16 games this season, the guard is averaging 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and three assists per game. This ranks Williams third on the team in points and assists. In just her fourth game of college basketball, Williams totaled 42 points against Kent State, putting the nation on alert. The freshman is also shooting 45% from three-point range. This is quite the feat for someone so early on in their career.

Renowned star and teammate of Williams, Angel Reese, averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game in her freshman season when she played at the University of Maryland. Williams is well ahead of that curve it seems.

While positionally Williams is a guard and Reese a forward, the talent is evident. And watch for Williams to keep progressing as the season goes on.

In addition to her talent, the progress should also be attributed to the coaching of Kim Mulkey who is in her third season as head coach of the Tigers after a legendary 20-year run at Baylor. During Mulkey’s time at Baylor, she coached WNBA star, Brittany Griner who many may be familiar with. And it looks like Mulkey is continuing her top-notch coaching grooming starts like Reese and now Williams at LSU.

In an article written by Emma Hruby of www.justwomensports.com , Williams said of Mulkey, “How you practice is how you play. Coach Mulkey has been riding me and riding me hard and staying on my tail about working hard and effort.” All of that hard coaching appears to be paying off for Williams as the numbers don’t lie.

By seasons end, don’t be surprised if Williams has the best numbers on the team, including better than Reese. If you get a chance, be sure to tune in to watch Williams, you’ll immediately notice her on-court awareness and poise. Her calm, cool, collective approach has her looking like a veteran. Henceforth, the sky could be the limit for the Tigers in 2024.