Wagner’s Saniyah Wilkerson Plays Herself into Hoops Recognition


Wagner class of 2024 Saniyah Wilkerson is not the scoring machine like her teammate Nicole Melious. But she does a lot of the little things on the hardwood that have helped the Falcons put up a 12-1 overall record so far this season.

Basketball coaches and elevators describe Wilkerson as a player who has a great feel for the game, a high hoops IQ, and is a hard-nosed defender and rebounder who complements Melious and her other Wagner teammates pretty well.

A solid player with a year and a half left of high school development, they feel she possesses the ability to suit up at the D2, D3 or JUCO levels with a little more experience underneath her belt.

Wilkerson, a 5-foot-9 wing, showed off what she can do by posting a four-point, nine-rebound and eight-assist average in the Skills Sharpen Skills Tournament against PSAL teams South Bronx Prep and Dewitt Clinton at Cathedral High School last month. The junior has averaged 4.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in six Staten Island league contests.

Wilkerson and the Falcons will take on Staten Island opponent Port Richmond tomorrow and host Benjamin Banneker Academy (11:30 a.m.), John Jay Campus (2:30 p.m.) and Brooklyn Law & Technology (2:30 p.m.) at the MLK Tournament from Saturday to Monday.

— Jerry Del Priore

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