Maryland women’s basketball has secured its first commitment from Class of 2020 as St. Frances Academy guard Angel Reese announced her intention to sign with the program Friday evening on Instagram.
Reese — the No. 2 overall player in this year’s senior class, according to ESPN — is the highest-ranked women’s basketball recruit to pick the Terrapins in recorded ranking history. ESPN began tracking recruits with the class of 2007.
In the past two months, Reese cut her list down to five schools and took visits to Maryland, Tennessee, USC, Syracuse and South Carolina across five straight weekends.
Reese is a silky smooth wing player, who is listed at 6’3, and naturally creates mismatches across the board. She is an instant impact player who can handle the ball, pass with ease, shoot and rebound inside.
The Terrapins have brought in a ton of depth at the wing position, especially with the additions of Diamond Miller — The No. 7 overall player in the 2019 class, according to ESPN —and Faith Masonius to staples Kaila Charles and Blair Watson.
Angel is not the only one in her family with basketball talent, as the bloodline actually runs deep in the sport. Her mother, also named Angel, played college basketball at UMBC and professionally in Luxembourg, while she also has a younger brother, Julian, who is a four-star Class of 2021 power forward and received an offer from Maryland in July.
Maryland is set to graduate the likes of Charles, Watson, Stephanie Jones and Sara Vujacic after the 2019-20 season, and Reese is the first step for Maryland women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese and her staff to bring in some depth for the future.