When I showed up at LSU as a freshman in the fall of 2007 from New Jersey, I was really a basketball kid that happened to be better at baseball.
Back then, and still to this day, I think I love basketball more than baseball, and ALWAYS enjoyed playing it more.
So, naturally, coming to a huge sports school I wanted to embrace a basketball culture.
Unfortunately, our men's program was a bit in a rebuild after a few of their strongest runs in program history, and my time at LSU, our men's team was a bit of a disappointment.
However, our women's team was not.
I was fortunate to be around "Big Sylvia Fowles" and her presence on campus and on the court created an energy I absolutely was drawn to.
From my freshman fall falling in love with that team, to this day, I have been a huge fan of the LSU women ballers, and could not be more of a fan of Kim Mulkey and the culture she has created, embraced, and instilled in her players.
Angel Reese is the leader (along with Alexis Morris) and everything that women's college basketball needs, and I hope nobody ever tries to control or curb her emotion and passion while playing the game.
She delivers a unique combination of youthful energy and confidence, with grace, power, and beauty.
Last night, I went to my first game of the 2022/2023 season, and it did not disappoint.
It was a white-out game, Kim had her notorious game day fit on, Angel Reese continued her legendary double-double streak, and the PMAC was absolutely wild.
The women advanced to 21-0 and set a new attendance record for the PMAC since it was renovated in 2015.
With this type of energy, these players and the way they have all bought in, there is no reason this team cannot make an incredibly deep run in the tournament and compete for a national title.
The girls return to action on Thursday against Georgia in the PMAC, and are eyeing a big-time match-up with South Carolina on Super Bowl Sunday.