Riverside Hawks Impact 17u College Prospects


The Riverside Hawks  are as venerable as it gets for a New York City AAU program. Founded in 1961 by the historic Riverside Church, its alumni include NBA players the likes of Tiny Archibald, Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson, Malik Sealy, Chris Mullin, Rod Strickland and Elton Brand. To date, Riverside’s Impact program places over 90% of its participants in college with the opportunity to play basketball, with students from low-income households receiving an average of 95% of costs covered through scholarships and financial aid.

The gilded brand name is still attracting high level coaches. It’s 17u Impact Team this season is no different. The head coach is the veteran Brett Wilson. Wilson has 25+ years of college and prep school coaching and college scouting experience. He is assisted by Yonah Greenstein, Khalil Hamer, Romello Rashad and Lionel Lucas. Greenstein is a Riverside Hawks program director and the former assistant coach at high academic Bard College, where he also played his college ball. Hamer was a star for the Manhattan Center in high school and then went on to be a 1,000 point scorer at CCNY. Rashad played high school ball at Cardinal Hayes and his college ball at Bronx CC and CCNY. He is also an assistant coach at Promise Academy. Lucas is a former overseas professional player.

Their Impact 17u squad is loaded with high talent and high character players.

#1 Zahir Caldwell (2023) 6’2 guard, KIPP NYC - Athletic, attacking guard. Very difficult to stay in front of. Crafty finisher who makes plays for others.

# 2 Prince Mensah (2023) 6’6 wing, Democracy Prep - Long, athletic wing. Dynamic in transition. Budding playmaking skill. Multi-positional defender.

#3 Kenrick Gayle (2022) 6’0 guard, Brandon Hall HIgh (GA) - Plays well. Makes good decisions with his passing and shot selections. Will hit open shots. Does not over dribble the ball. Good free throw shooter. Scrappy defender.

#4 Daniel Reyes (2023)  6’7 forward, Roosevelt High - Skilled big with strong frame. Very high basketball IQ. Good hands and feet. Soft touch extends past 3
point line.

#5 Mohammad Sylla (2023) 6’3 guard, Institute For Collaborative Education - Playmaking guard with size. Very creative passer and ball handler. Knockdown shooter with range past 25 feet. Strong frame.

#10 Elijah Williams-Rivera (2023) 6’3 wing, Mount St Michaels Academy - Long, athletic wing. Able to protect the rim and guard bigger. Good touch from the perimeter.

#11 Prince Kamate (2023) 6’4 wing, Samuel Gompers Campus - Athletic wing with great size. Crafty finisher with space. Guards multiple positions. Unselfish passer.


#15 Alex Agar-Roberts (2023) 5’9 guard, Erasmus Hall High - Quick combo with range. Crafty finisher around basket and with floater. Smart playmaker. Quick on ball defender.

#23 Azikiwe Cuffy-Scott (2023) 6’3 wing, Eastside Community High - Explosive wing. Active on the glass and defends multiple positions. Good touch.

#25 Quincey Platt (2023) 6’8 forward, Adlai Stevenson High - Long, athletic forward. Strong finisher around the rim. Elite shot blocker. Good touch past the 3 point line.

#55 Kenneth Shippee (2023) 6’2 guard, Bronx United High - Smooth combo with good length. Good ball skill. Solid shooter.