Life’s successes are a direct byproduct of an individual’s response to adversity, and that mantra rings especially true for Khalil Shakir. Though he’s a smart, charismatic up-and-coming star in the coaching industry, his reputation certainly wasn’t built overnight. So, who is Khalil Shakir?
Born in Columbia, South Carolina to his mother, Taliah Shakir, most folks probably remember the big, well-rounded wing/forward from Blythewood High School. He was part of the first Blythewood group to win two Regional Championships, in addition to a Lower State Championship and State Championship Runner-Up. Prior to graduating in 2017, Shakir also had playing stints with travel ball programs such as Upward Stars and Carolina Wolves.
Following his high school years, Shakir chose to further his academic and athletic career at Limestone University. After his freshman season, Shakir ultimately opted to transfer to Coker University. Although he continued playing, health and injuries eventually forced his focus to completely shift away from his on-court product. The situation definitely worked out in a favorable manner, as Shakir graduated from Coker University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Sport Management. Additionally, he was named to the SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee), selected as a committee chair, and recognition as a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Shakir was also named to the Dean’s and President’s List five times throughout his collegiate career.
Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude from Coker, Shakir became the first male in his immediate family to earn a degree of higher learning. He parlayed his academic success and thorough basketball knowledge into an opportunity to become the Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development at West Florence High School for the 2019-2020 season. Not only did Shakir assist the team in advancing to the third round of the SCHSL playoffs, but also played a clear role in their 100% graduation rate and advancing three players to the Division II ranks. After being a versatile piece on the West Florence coaching staff, he was offered an identical opportunity with Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School. During his lone season with the program, Shakir aided the Titans to a Regional and State Championship. He also produced edits and ran their social media account.
Aside from his playing and coaching career, Shakir has bolstered his name and reputation as a scout/writer with Phenom Hoop Report. In his time with the company, he’s seen thousands of prospects and evaluated countless players through an abundance of written articles. In addition to his works on the scouting side of grassroots basketball, Shakir also takes clear pride in the development of the youth. He owns his own training company, H3 Grind, which has allowed him to connect with and train dozens of players throughout the region. Shakir has helped numerous players advance and prepare for the next level. Now, the 22-year-old has set his sights on being a program-changing presence as an Assistant Coach for Emory and Henry College.