City of London Academy and Southwark Pride are now up to three players signing full athletic scholarships to NCAA Division One institutes with the latest being Khaleah Edwards committing to Wagner College.
The 5ft 9″ Guard has been improving each and every year under the watchful eye of Coach Jackson Gibbons, where she has quietly gone about being a very productive player at all junior, academy and women’s competitions.
We got a chance to catch up with Khaleah to find out more about her scholarship.
How does it feel to get a USA scholarship?
It feels surreal. Playing basketball at the collegiate level has been a long dream of mine. There were periods of time when I thought I weren’t good enough and that I wouldn’t make it. So it’s truly rewarding and a real confidence boost. I am still in shock really.
How did the process go of finding a school in the USA?
It’s a very slow process at first, most of the communication is done between the coaches so it seems quiet. It helped going to America and playing in AAU tournaments to get noticed by college coaches. I enjoyed researching the different schools and making sure I could see myself there. I only needed to go on one visit – to Wagner. It felt like a perfect fit for me.
What are your goals once you get to Wagner College?
I want to become the best player that I can be, throughout my 4 years I want to improve and refine my skill set and improve leadership qualities. I want to make the most of this opportunity in terms of basketball and academics. Also, I want to make the most of living in arguably the best city in the world – New York City – experiencing new cultures.
How important do you think it is for UK players to take their talents to the USA?
I think taking the USA route is very important if you want to play at a high level in basketball as well as gaining a great level of education. I understand that it is not for everyone. There are some good opportunities for UK players to stay home or to play in Europe. But I believe the US student-athlete programme is unrivalled.
And finally, anyone you would like to thank.
I would like to thank my parents for all their love, support and for all their hard work to enable me to take on every basketball opportunity that has come by. I would also like to thank various coaches and teammates for I would not be the player I am today without such experiences. I would like to thank Coach Jackson Gibbons, in particular, for never doubting me and helping me become a better player and person everyday, I can also tell you absolutely no one works harder on supporting players next steps than he does, it’s insane the hours he puts in.
We want to wish Khaleah all the success at Wagner College as she joins even more UK female ballers over in the USA.