2023 New Heights Lightning 17u EYBL Player Profiles



Two of the most storied programs in New York City grassroots basketball history have again teamed up this year on the EYBL circuit. New Heights and the New York Lightning playing under the New Heights Lightning flag this season. Recent college commitments from the program include Youssouf Singare (UConn), Akil Watson (Arizona St.), Jahmere Tripp (Fordham), Christian Jones (George Washington), Jason Rivera (Vanderbilt), Armoni Zeigler (St. Peter’s) and Will Patterson (Syracuse).

New Heights Lightning 17u EYBL team is coached by Shandue McNeill, Rahme Anderson, Peter Wehye and Darryl Washington.  Their roster is as follows:


#0 Tahaad Pettiford (2024) 6’0 point guard, Hudson Catholic (NJ)

#1 Amere Brown (2024) 5’10 guard, Woodland Hills High (PA)

#2 Jakai Sanders (2024) 6’3 point guard, Bishop Loughlin Memorial High

#3 Elliot Cadeau (2024) 6’2 guard, Link Year Prep (MO) (University of North Carolina commit)

#10 Jahki Howard (2024) 6’6 guard, Overtime Elite (GA)

#11 Daye Kaba (2024) 6’6 guard, The Patrick School (NJ)

#12 MeLeek Thomas (2025) 6’4 guard, Lincoln Park Performing Arts High (PA)


#15 Badara Diakite (2025) 6’9 forward, Northwest Catholic High (CT)


#21 Juan Riascos (2025) 6’9 forward, Gateway Christian Academy (MO)

#23 Jakeel Registe 6’5 guard, Our Saviour Lutheran

#24 Tarik Watson 6’9 power forward, Roselle Catholic High (NJ)