Caleb Williams

‘That's my dog': Angel Reese talks about her friendship with Caleb Williams

Two of Chicago's newest top athletes are friends from their DMV ties

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Chicago's pro sports teams have welcomed some incredible athletes to their teams recently.

The Blackhawks drafted Connor Bedard with the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. Recently, the Chicago Sky drafted both Kamilla Cardoso and Angel Reese. Most notably, the Bears drafted Caleb Williams with the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft on April 25.

Ironically, Williams and Reese were already friends before they both landed in Chicago.

"That's my dog, yeah. That's my dog. Me and Caleb are cool," Angel Reese told NBC Chicago's Mike Berman. "One of my good friends is best friends with him that are in my friend group. So we're all from the DMV area (D.C., Maryland, Virginia). Just being able to have another DMV tie. ... We talked when he got drafted. I don't know when he's gonna be here but we're all gonna hangout. My friend's coming down and we're all gonna hangout because we're all cool. I'm excited."

Reese is from Baltimore, having attended Saint Frances Academy in Maryland. She also played her first two collegiate seasons at Maryland before transferring to LSU, where she won a National Championship two seasons ago.

That season, Reese took the women's college basketball scene by storm. She led the Tigers, averaging 23 points, 15.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game during the regular season. This past season, she posted 18.6 points per game.

Williams attended Gonzaga College Prep outside of Baltimore. The two schools are about an hour apart from each other. Williams didn't stay close to home like Reese did in her first two seasons. He attended Oklahoma for one season before transferring to USC.

Reese is excited to meet up with a DMV native in Williams. But she's also excited about the elite, newcomers who are making their way to Chicago.

"This rookie class was amazing coming in. I hope the Bulls get some guys, too. We lit right now. We turning this city up right now. They're supporting women's basketball. Not just the football, but they support women's basketball. Just being able to gravitate towards us and everybody in the community is great. Bringing us all together."

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