2019 Wheelchair Classic

By David Cordova


On Wednesday, May 8, RecruitTheBronx.com made it to Adlai Stevenson High School in The Bronx for the annual Wheelchair Classic event, which is a fundraising basketball event supporting the disabled. In the event, there were players representing four teams: Bronx/Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. The first game was the consolation game between Brooklyn and Queens and the championship pitted Bronx/Manhattan versus Long Island. Here are the standouts from both games:


Nariq Chisholm, 6-7, Forward, Martin Luther School, Team Queens, Class of 2019 - Chisholm plays very strong in the low post. A very versatile player that can do many things on the floor, including jump shots. He can also can put the ball on the floor and penetrate to the basket.


Pierce Perry, 6-6, Forward, National Top Sports Institute (FL), Team Brooklyn, Class of 2019 - Perry commands his presence in the low post and can dominate when it comes to getting rebounds and is good at going up in tgraffic. Has plenty of energy and asserts his presence on the floor, especially in the paint area.


Carl Damour, 5-9, Point Guard, Springfield Gardens High School, Team Queens, Class of 2019 - Damour is very quick and is good at scoring and then getting back on the other end to stick with his opponent. He generates steals into fast break offense. He also has the ability to shoot from long range.


Nathaniel Curry, 6-5, Forward, Christ the King High School, Team Queens, Class of 2019 - A forward who can step out to shoot and is good at moving around on the court. Aside from his great shooting stroke, he is also a great presence in the low post as he is able to get rebounds and is also able to get to the rack by getting past defenders with his dribble.


Sean Gordon, 6-5, Shooting Guard, John Adams High School, Team Queens, Class of 2020 - Gordon is a big guard who has a long wingspan and athleticism. He gets to the basket easily and loves to run on the fast break. Is very active on the boards.


Ajani Lewis, 6-4, Forward, Springfield Gardens High School, Team Queens, Class of 2020 - Lewis is very powerful, due to his strong build, and uses it on both ends of the court. He scores in the low post and makes tough drives to the basket. He uses his toughness to get to rebounds.


Jaylen Gilmore, 6-0, Point Guard, Bedford Academy, Team Brooklyn, Class of 2020 - Gilmore likes to score and also distribute to his teammates. Is a pass-first point guard that will make sure that his teammates benefit from his passes. Is very quick and fearless when he gets near the basket.


Ryjon Blackwell, 6-0, Point Guard, Baldwin High School, Team Long Island, Class of 2019 - Blackwell is lightning-quick and is very good at getting to the basket with precision. He is a good facilitator when it comes to getting passes to his teammates. He is very careful and doesn’t turn the ball over. A floor general that knows how to control his team’s tempo.


Bryce Harris, 6-5, Forward, Brentwood High School, Team Long Island, Class of 2020 - Harris is a big man that likes to get physical in the low post and can exploit the opposition if not guarded heavily. Can step out and shoot from long range. Has plenty of athleticism and is prone to playing above the rim.


Rashawn Clemente, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Stevenson High School, Team Bronx/Manhattan, Class of 2020 - Clemente can do many things on the court. Is very athletic when it comes to scoring and is good at getting rebounds. Is proficient in slicing and dicing to the hole, but is also a good passer.


Josiah Chandler, 5-11, Point Guard, La Salle Academy, Team Bronx/Manhattan, Class of 2019 - Chandler is a speedy guard who shows the ability to distribute the ball to teammates, and can get to the hole easily. Is very fearless when going to the rack. Struggles with taking care of the ball and can sometimes much-needed layups.


Jordan Agyemang, 6-6, Forward, South Bronx Preparatory School, Team Bronx/Manhattan, Class of 2019 - Agyemang displays plenty of aggression in the low post, but can also handle the ball and get rebounds. Struggles with taking care of the ball at times, but makes up for it with his motor.


Julian Arzu, 6-2, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy, Team Bronx/Manhattan, Class of 2019 - Arzu likes to get to the basket and is also a good shooter from long range. Struggles with shot selection, and in finishing baskets, but runs up and down the court well. Loves to take shots.


Nick Johnson, 6-4, Shooting Guard, All Hallows High School, Team Bronx/Manhattan, Class of 2019 - Johnson plays hard and can do many things on the court. Looks to grab loose balls on the floor and will get to the boards relentlessly. Loves to get to the basket and will do anything in his power to score.


Mohamed Wague, 6-9, Forward, Frederick Douglass Academy, Team Bronx/Manhattan, Class of 2020 - Wague has very good hands and plenty of length, which allows him to get rebounds and get blocks. Although he struggles some on the offensive part, he has the potential to be dominant as he continues to improve on his game.


Sal Saputo, 6-2, Shooting Guard, St. Mary’s High School, Team Long Island, Class of 2020 - Saputo likes to shoot from long range and can take advantage in going to the basket. He is strong at getting to the hole, especially when driving lanes appear. He is a potent scoring threat who can dominate the game when he has the ball in his hands.


Quinton Williams, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Knox School, Team Long Island, Class of 2019 - Williams likes to shoot with a high-volume. Likes to penetrate to the line and find ways to score. Very dangerous scorer that will take advantage of opposition if not contained.


Jovan Walters, 6-6, Forward, St. Mary’s High School, Team Long Island, Class of 2020 - Walters can be dominant when given the ball in the right place in the low post. Likes to bang in the low post and can get rebounds and block shots. Is a physical presence in the paint who can intimidate the opposition.


Tavin Pierre-Phillipe, Baldwin High School, Team Long Island, Class of 2019 - Pierre-Phillipe loves to go to the hole and is a dominant scorer. Shows that he cannot be contained, as he can get to the basket with no problem. Loves to run on the fast break.


Pierce Prendergrast, 6-5, Forward, Bayport Bluepoint High School, Team Long Island, Class of 2020 - Prendergrast has a long wingspan and plenty of versatility when he is on the floor. Is great at finishing at the basket and can attack the glass and block shots on the defensive end. Has good hands and knows where to be on defense.