Huntington senior Khadijah West, who led the Lady Raiders to the LHSAA Class 4A regional finals, has decided to follow her heart and verbal to the University of Arkansas.
A dominant post player for coach Danielle Butler, the 6-foot-2 West averaged 18.7 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks each outing for Huntington (18-11). The Lady Raiders’ season ended with a 75-67 to Vandebilt Catholic, which forfeited out of the playoffs due to allegedly using an ineligible player. West didn’t end her prep career with one of her better games, but now has a chance at redemption with the Lady Razorbacks.
“They had been calling me a lot, so I decided to go ahead and commit to them,” said West, who had received attention from South Carolina, Georgia, Ole Miss and Oregon in recent weeks. “It’s a great school and they made me feel real comfortable on my visit there.”
When she signs in April, West will become the second local girls standout to ink with an SEC school this past season. Parkway’s Halle Washington has already inked with Georgia, while Southwood’s Kourtney Pennywell is headed to Northwestern State.
“The weather was a little chilly there, but other than that, I liked all areas of the school,” West said. “They were playing Kentucky in basketball and the crowd was crazy. I’d never seen a crowd like that.”
West has worked hard to get herself in game-playing shape after having a baby during the summer. The baby’s father, Michael Qualls, plays on the Arkansas men’s team. She is awaiting results from her second try at the ACT to make sure her score is high enough to allow admission to the SEC club. She says she carries a 3.0 grade point average.
West was recently chosen as the most valuable player of District 1-4A.