West Valley guard Ali May pens NLI to Columbia Basin College Basketball

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 8:41 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Years of dreaming, hard work, dreaming some more and even harder work culminates with a 15-minute ceremony where all of that dreaming and hard work pays off.

West Valley standout Ali May signed her national letter of intent to continue her basketball career and education at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington.

“It is so exciting and overwhelming to know I have worked and played since 3rd Grade [to get here],” May said in front of supporters Monday after accomplishing her one of her goals. “I have always worked hard to get on any team that I could, to make the high school team, to play competitive, play on AAU teams just to help me get to this point. I always knew I wanted to play college basketball, so it is just awesome to have this dream and goal come true right now.”

With question marks surrounding her senior season of competition, May took advantage of the games provided by earning 2nd Team All-State honors in Class 4A and was named to the Mid Alaska All-Conference squad as one of Interior’s best.

May spent recent weeks visiting different colleges in Washington and the neighboring area, but it was Columbia Basin that stood out above the rest.

“They were just super nice and welcoming,” May said of the coaching staff and players. “Being with a group of girls that are positive minded and work hard is a really important to me and I saw that in the people that play there. It is warmer there too so that was a really big thing.” she added with a laugh before mentioning their strong science program.

May spent her high school career developing under head coach Milo Griffin, who has guided some of the best high school talent in Fairbanks over recent decades for both girls and boys.

“She played for me for four years and we didn’t always agree - we fought a little bit, we cried a little bit together, but we got through it,” Griffin said at the signing. “She has become a great person and a really good athlete. She is willing to work hard, wherever she goes to school, nobody is going to outwork Ali.”

May has combo guard skills that allow her to run an offense, find the open teammate and do damage from the perimeter with her jump shot. Her ability to play the passing lanes frustrates opposing defenses. May also played volleyball for the Wolfpack, lettering for multiple years.

The 5′5 guard joins a Columbia Basin program that is led by Jonathan Kimsey and features all Washington-based athletes on its 2020-21 roster.

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