Raheem Felder with Harry Rolle, Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Team (left), and Dave Gonzalez, Athletic Director (right).
During a game at the beginning of the season, things became clear for Raheem Felder, a second-year guard on the Men’s Basketball Team. His teammate passed to him and he dunked with two hands for two points. “Right then, it showed me that whatever I put my mind to, I can do it."
He had been dunking since his days playing varsity hoops at Troy High School and Lansingburgh High School, but there were a few years where he wasn’t in school and playing basketball competitively, so he needed to “get the dunking back.”
He worked on it, practicing every day, building his strength, lifting, and running in order to, as he describes, “build myself up at all times, trying to stay ahead of the competition.”
He did just that, finishing his career at SUNY Schenectady with 1,063 points. He is the second all-time lead scorer in the history of the Men’s Basketball program at the College. Nick Mashino, a 2004 graduate who was a center and guard for the Royals during the 2001-2002 and 2003-2004 seasons, holds the record at 1,120. “It feels amazing,” said Raheem, who is a Culinary Arts and Hotel and Restaurant Management dual degree major. “I definitely wanted to get over 1,000 points. I feel very appreciative. I don’t take anything for granted.”
“Raheem Felder had an outstanding career in his two years at SUNY Schenectady,” said Dave Gonzalez, Athletic Director. “He was one of the best offensive players to ever play for the Royals; he could shoot the ‘3’ as well as take it to the basket. We wish him well in his next stop at a four-year school where we know he will continue his success both on the court and in the classroom.”
Head Men’s Basketball Coach Harry Rolle, said that Raheem, Co-Captain of the team with Mustafa Ali, guard, has been a true leader this season. “He’s led the other players in every type of way,” said Rolle. “He told them everything they needed to do on the court and off the court, in the classroom.”
As for the future, Raheem, who has been named to the Dean’s List, plans to transfer to continue to play basketball and pursue his bachelor’s degree. He would eventually like to own a business in the culinary arts field (he’s been cooking since he was 4 years old) and organize a recreational center in Troy. “When I grew up, me and all of my friends were very sports-minded, but there is not a lot for kids to do, so I really want to help kids where I’m from.”
- Culinary Arts and Hotel and Restaurant Management dual degree major,
2012 graduate of Lansingburgh High School
- Named to the third team for the NJCAA Region III, Division III 2018-2019 All-Region
- Named to the second team of the 2018-2019 Men’s Basketball All-Conference for the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference.
- Named to the third team of the 2017-2018 Men’s Basketball All-Conference for the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference.
- Total Points: 1,063 (559 for 2018) and (504 for 2019)
- 494 rebounds
- 263 assists
- 181 steals