Ali chose the Lancers after a very busy recruiting process in which she received offers from the University of South Carolina Upstate and Fairleigh Dickerson University. She was also being actively recruited by Acorn State, North Carolina Central, and Saint Peters College at the time of her signing.
She just felt that Longwood, which has been actively recruiting her since last summer, was the best fit for her. She loves the coaching staff and as they rebuild to get ready for their first season in the Big South, she has the opportunity to compete and play right away as a freshman.
Khalilah helped lead the Lady Presidents to the second round of the regional before they lost to Woodside High at the Scope this past season.
Often regarded as one of the toughest players in the Eastern District, the two time All Eastern District performer at 5’ 11 blocked more than 300 shots over the past two seasons while averaging a double at 12.5 ppg and 11.5 rebounds per game. She is the team Co-MVP and the Defensive Player of the Year.
Khalilah credits her dad, coaching staff, and personal basketball trainer Anthony Chapel, for helping her achieve her life long dream.
Her dad Muhammad Abdul Ali says Khalilah deserves some credit herself. “She worked hard to get here and it paid off. Like she always says, she can do all things through Christ Jesus, who strengthens her.”