Brink and Reese have shown that they are ready

Angel Reese and Cameron Brink are each having historic rookie seasons. Will either player win the Rookie of the Year award? With all the talent in the 2024 rookie class, it will be an exciting race. Both Brink and Reese have shown that they are ready for the big stage and could potentially break some records before the season ends. Being a rookie in the WNBA is no easy task, but the Bayou Barbie and Killa Cam are up for the challenge.

Brink and Reese have shown that they are ready

While everyone is talking about Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese and Cameron Brink have quickly carved out roles on their respective teams. Reese and the Chicago Sky (3-3) are currently 7th in the standings. Brink and the Los Angeles Sparks (2-5) are in 10th place, but the season is still young and both teams still have plenty of time to improve. Anyone who follows the league can tell you that it is highly competitive and any team can win on any given night.

Bayou Barbie Ballin’

Reese has shown an excellent ability to grab offensive rebounds. She currently leads the league with an offensive recovery rate of 16.3%. Additionally, Reese has kept her composure despite experienced players disrespecting her.

That kind of maturity in a rookie has a lot of value. The former LSU Tiger will certainly encounter more obstacles during her career, but she is no stranger to setbacks.

Everyone remembers Reese’s celebration against Iowa during the 2022-2023 National Championship. She has been wrongly portrayed as a villain by certain fans. It didn’t help that Reese’s college coach at LSU, Kim Mulkey, was criticized in the Washington Post in what Mulkey called a “hit piece.” Either way, Ángel Reese has proven that she can handle the spotlight and doesn’t seem to worry about outside noise.

Cam Brink Block Party

Brink has also been great on the boards, as she is second among all rookies in rebounding with 5.4 per game. However, her defensive skills are on another level. She currently ranks 2nd in block percentage among all WNBA players, at 9.3%. She is also 2nd in blocks per game with 2.7. It would be tough to break the late Margo Dyrdek’s rookie record of 3.8 blocks per game, but crazier things have happened. In case anyone still doubted Brink’s shot blocking ability, she put an end to that with a game-winning block against the Mystics.

Brink has a keen defensive awareness that is hard to find among first-year pros. The former Stanford Cardinal is a serious problem for opposing offenses in the paint, and she’s just getting started.

Loaded Rookie Class provides fierce competition

Dyaisha Fair, who is third all-time in career scoring in NCAA women’s basketball, has been cut by the Las Vegas Aces a day after her playing debut. Rookies like Washington Mystic’s Aaliyah Edwards have struggled to get consistent minutes, even though Edwards was a star in college at UCONN. Getting playing time in the WNBA is hard, plain and simple. Limited roster spots and a large player talent pool filled with hungry vets are not doing the Towers any favors. That makes Reese and Brink’s seamless transition to the major leagues all the more impressive.

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