LSU took full advantage of the transfer portal ahead of the 2022-23 women's basketball season. Veteran coach Kim Mulkey, who had joined ahead of the 2021-22 season, built herself an SEC contender that started the season 23-0. Eventually, despite not winning their conference, the team lifted the National Championship in a 102-85 victory over Iowa. That launched the players into the spotlight and made LSU the landing spot for talent.
Five of LSU's players were transfers brought in by Mulkey. The best-known of this quintet is of course the team's leading scorer, rebounder, and blocker Angel Reese. However, with multiple key players graduating, Mulkey might be headed back to the portal. And with the names linked to the program, she might be about to build a superteam around her star senior.
Aneesah Morrow Considering LSU
Earlier this week, Lousiville's Hailey Van Lith officially visited LSU. Van Lith was a shock addition to the transfer portal, having started 101 games in three years for the Cardinals. If she were to commit, she would bring a mid-range shooting threat and deep tournament run experience to what is suddenly a very young team. Sure, all returning LSU players just won a Natty but Van Lith has made three consecutive Elite Eights. However, LSU doesn't just seem content with ESPN's #1 player in the portal.
Aneesah Morrow is a bona fide superstar and ESPN's #2 player in the portal. However, she was not heavily recruited out of high school and wound up staying close to home at DePaul. She immediately showed the rest of the country what they passed on. Named National Freshman of the Year in 2022, Morrow is a full-court threat. In two years of collegiate play, she's averaging 23.5 points per game and 13 rebounds per game. Furthermore, a majority of those rebounds come on defense as the 6'1 forward guards the paint like a hawk. Additionally, with two years of eligibility left, she was incredibly sought after. On Friday, Morrow announced her three finalists via Twitter - USC, South Carolina, and LSU. If she were to pick the Tigers, they might as well be given the 2024 National Championship right now.