New Mission's Rivers commits to NYIT

Per head coach Cory McCarthy, New Mission senior forward Fred "Bam" Rivers has verbally committed to New York Institute of Technology, a Division 2 program based out of Old Westbury, N.Y., for the 2014-15 season.

The wide-bodied 6-foot-4 Rivers was an integral frontcourt force for the Titans, who captured the MIAA Division 2 State Championship this past season, their third state title in five years. Together with fellow Division 2 commit Asante Sandiford (Franklin Pierce), the Titans were one of the state's most feared frontcourts.

"The kid has the highest level of respect for basketball," McCarthy said. "He is one of the best human beings I've ever met in any area of life."

In his senior season, he averaged 17.5 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and demonstrated the occasional propensity for knocking down a deep three-pointer or two. At NYIT, he will likely fit into a tweener 3-4 role in the frontcourt.