Shaquille O’Neal Shared Advice He Gave To Angel Reese After the WNBA Draft

The LSU star was selected by the Chicago Sky in the WNBA Draft on April 15.

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has been one of Angel Reese's biggest supporters.

To ensure she is successful in the WNBA, O’Neal shared some advice with his mentee who he believes will benefit from his wealth of experience, PEOPLE reports.

"I am described as Angel's understandable ear," O'Neal said. "I know things that she went through, I know what she's going through, I know what's about to happen to her and I could give her advice."

When it comes to greatness, the Hall of Famer told Reese that he's "seen it" and "heard it” and that  "you can take my word for it." 

O’Neal, a graduate of LSU,  also shared that he wants Reese to have a thriving career on and off the court.

Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese Selected In The First Round of the 2024 WNBA Draft

"She's the same age as my children, so I only want the best for her," O’Neal said. "And when you have daughters, you know how to use that calm voice," he adds. “So after Reese was selected in the WNBA Draft, the first thing I told her is I was proud of her."

Over the last few years, O’Neal and Reese have developed a special bond. During her senior day celebration in March, O’Neal along with her mother who is also named Angel, escorted Reese to the center of LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Following the game, Reese lauded Shaq for being a mentor saying it's "been great" to have O'Neal's support. 

"He's really smart, not just on the basketball court, but just in life,” Reese told ESPN.

She continued, "He has his doctorate, so he's educated, being a lot of things outside of basketball. Being able to have somebody like that has been a great inspiration for me. And of course, enjoying the moment like this with him and the rest of my family was fun tonight.”

At the 2024 WNBA draft on Monday (April 15), Reese was selected in the first round with the seventh pick by the Chicago Sky.

After being selected, Reese shared her excitement about playing in the “Windy City.”

"Knowing the conversations were so good and [Weatherspoon] felt like a mother to me," Reese said. "Being able to be a Black woman and as a head coach, and everything she's done at the NBA level, I just knew everything they were bringing to the table. Jeff [Pagliocca], the GM, was amazing, too, and player development is something that I was looking for and they looked for in me. I'm super excited for this move, and I'm just looking forward to getting to Chicago."

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