If the basketball gods need to bless the true followers of ladies’s faculty basketball, they might manifest themselves by guiding former Louisville star Hailey Van Lith towards LSU as her subsequent vacation spot, the place she would crew with Angel Reese and be coached by Kim Mulkey — immediately remodeling the Tigers into essentially the most hated, beloved, entertaining, and cocky crew the game has ever seen.
Please let this occur.
Coming off a season, Last 4, and Nationwide Championship recreation that set scores data, the game of ladies’s faculty basketball might attain much more success and viewership subsequent season if Van Lith winds up in Baton Rouge because of the switch portal — and standing towards a wholesome, nearly forgotten, and loaded UConn crew.
Van Lith took a go to to LSU’s campus earlier this week, as Mulkey nearly signed her just a few years in the past when she was at Baylor. Final season, Van Lith was All-ACC after averaging 19.7 factors, 4.5 rebounds, and three.2 assists per recreation. Nonetheless, her recreation isn’t the one factor that may make a dedication to LSU an intriguing thought — her brashness is. Like Reese, she additionally chirped at Caitlin Clark as Iowa defeated Louisville within the Elite Eight.
After which there was that “fiery” second Van Lith had with Texas’ Sonya Morris within the Second Spherical in the course of the postgame handshake line.
Only a few weeks in the past, America reminded us of how a lot they beloved cocky white ladies, however despise the cocky Black ones, as “classless” was the time period used to explain Reese — which is simply one other manner of claiming the N-word. It was a refresher course as regards to trash discuss, as solely white individuals get to take part with out their integrity and humanity being questioned. America tends to return down with a case of handy and selective outrage every time a Black particular person does one thing they don’t like. Thoughts you, they’re normally fantastic when a white particular person does the identical factor.
“All 12 months, I used to be critiqued about who I used to be,” Reese stated after successful the nationwide championship recreation by which she was repeatedly deemed “classless” for taunting and trash-talking Clark in the identical trend Clark did to the opponents she beat. “I don’t slot in a field that y’all need me to be in. I’m too hood. I’m too ghetto. However when different individuals do it, y’all say nothing. So this was for the women that appear to be me, that’s going to talk up on what they imagine in. It’s unapologetically you.”
Shut your eyes and picture America being pressured to take care of a crew that options Van Lith and Reese — making it inconceivable to simply accept one’s cockiness and never the opposite’s — being coached by a lady that traditionally places her foot in her mouth in terms of setting again ladies and girls’s sports activities, and who will quickly be headed to the White Home to satisfy the identical President who helped free one of the best participant she ever coached — Brittney Griner — whom Mulkey publicly left unsupported as she sat in a Russian jail.
We simply don’t want a Van Lith switch as a result of it could elevate ladies’s faculty basketball to its rightful place. We’d like it in order that America will likely be pressured to take care of its willful racism and hatred of Black ladies.