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All About Angel Reese's Brother Julian Reese

Angel Reese and her brother Julian Reese are both college basketball stars

<p>Prince Williams/WireImage</p> Julian Reese and Angel Reese attend Angel Reese

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Julian Reese and Angel Reese attend Angel Reese's 21st Birthday Celebration on May 6, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Angel Reese is known for her skills on the court, but the Lousiana State University basketball star has always had a competitive streak, starting with her brother Julian Reese.

The LSU forward and her brother grew up playing basketball in Baltimore, Maryland, at Saint Frances Academy. Julian was born on June 30, 2003, just a little over a year after Angel to Michael Reese and Angel Webb Reese.

Angel and Julian have always been close and pushed each other to be better athletes, creating a drive in both of them from an early age.

“Everything was always competitive with my younger brother,” Angel told What’s Up? in March 2022. “We had a basketball court in front of our house, and it was always very competitive and intense. We played all the time together. It helped shape me to who I am now.”

From playing basketball together as kids to attending the University of Maryland, here’s everything to know about Angel Reese’s brother Julian.

They grew up in Maryland

Though they were not born in Baltimore, both Angel and Julian did attend school there, playing for Saint Frances Academy.

“Our school was literally across the street from a prison,” Angel told Women’s Health in February 2024. “I was lucky enough to have skills and be able to make it out of there.”

They disagree on who was the better player when they were kids

<p>Kevin C. Cox/Getty</p> Julian Reese dunks the ball against Patrick Suemnick of the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second half in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 16, 2023 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Julian Reese dunks the ball against Patrick Suemnick of the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second half in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 16, 2023 in Birmingham, Alabama.

In an October 2023 Q&A posted on March Madness’ YouTube, an interviewer asked both siblings the same question — and they gave hilariously opposite answers.

When asked who would always win when they were little, both Angel and Julian said themselves. When they told Angel that Julian said he would beat her 100 to 20 times, she said, “100 to 20?! He’s out of his mind. He knows I have the better shoe, he buys expensive stuff though.”

Both said each other when asked who was their parents’ favorite, however, they agreed that Angel was the troublemaker.

“I probably was the troublemaker because I would do it, and he would get in trouble for it,” she said.

They both attended the University of Maryland

<p>Angel Reese X</p> Angel Reese with her mom Angel Webb Reese and brother Julian Reese on the day he committed to the University of Maryland.

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Angel Reese with her mom Angel Webb Reese and brother Julian Reese on the day he committed to the University of Maryland.

Before Angel became an LSU star, she played for two years at Maryland. A year after she started at the school, her brother followed in her footsteps.

The siblings planned a sweet surprise announcement for their mom when Julian committed on Mother’s Day in 2020. Julian told the Baltimore Sun that he called his mom downstairs and handed her a black sweatshirt that had a picture of Julian and Angel on a visit to Maryland on the front and the word “committed” on the back.

“It meant a lot to me,” Julian told the outlet in June 2020. “I felt like that was [my mom’s] top pick too, so I feel like that would have been a good surprise for Mother’s Day.”

Both Angel and Reese committed before they graduated high school, so neither knew the pressure or expectations that would come upon them when they played at the same school.

“It makes for a good storyline indeed,” their mom said. “However, I think it puts different pressures on both of them. For Angel, she is so highly ranked, so there’s a lot of pressure for her to immediately do well. And for Julian, he’s playing at the same school where his sister is already known. So he’s expected to do well.”

He is a starting forward on the University of Maryland’s basketball team

<p>G Fiume/Getty</p> Julian Reese celebrates during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Xfinity Center on March 03, 2024 in College Park, Maryland.

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Julian Reese celebrates during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Xfinity Center on March 03, 2024 in College Park, Maryland.

Julian is currently a forward for the University of Maryland, where he has played for three seasons so far, starting in his freshman year. In his years with the program, he has proved himself to be a valuable defensive player, putting Maryland in the 97th percentile of defenses when he’s on the court.

“He knows our drop coverage really well. He’s a smart basketball player. So it makes life on everybody else a little bit easier,” Coach Kevin Willard told The Diamondback in March 2024. “And he’s 6-foot-10, he’s physical, and he throws his body around, which really helps in this league.”

In the 2023-24 season, Julian had the 13th-most minutes played in the Big Ten league, proving his necessity to the team, but his success amid Maryland’s struggles had fans rumbling that he may enter the transfer portal.

“Just focus on the task at hand,” Julian told the outlet in response to the rumors. “I like my guys in here, just staying with them and not worrying about stuff like that.”

Angel looks out for him

After the NCAA approved name, image and likeness (NIL) deals in 2021, Angel immediately began to take advantage of the opportunities it provided her, and included her brother in her ventures.

She told Sports Illustrated in March 2022 that she always planned to sign deals with Julian and that whenever businesses tell her they’re looking for a male athlete to partner with, she suggests her brother.

“They’re like, ‘Do you know any players?’ And I’m like, ‘My brother?’ ” she said. “I try to include him in as many deals as I can because once I’m able to leave here [Maryland], hopefully we can sign with the same agency and do everything together, and my mom can just be right there, too. I think it’ll be easy for both of us.”

Their mom has described Julian as "laid back"

<p>Angel Reese X</p> Angel Reese and her brother Julian Reese on Mother's Day in 2020.

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Angel Reese and her brother Julian Reese on Mother's Day in 2020.

Angel and Julian’s mom told Sports Illustrated that while Angel has a “very strong personality,” Julian is more “laid back.”

“You will see him, definitely, before you hear him,” she said. “He’s not a young man of many words.”

An example of his relaxed attitude happened when the siblings landed a deal with Tom Brady. While Angel couldn’t contain her excitement, Julian kept more of a poker face.

“The Tom Brady deal, when I found out about it I was like, ‘You’re going to New York!’ They’re gonna fly you there — first class!’ ” she said. “He was so nonchalant about it. I was like, ‘You’re representing Tom Brady! Tom Brady!’ ”

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