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About Us

Who We Are

Goat Basketball is Amatuer athletic union (AAU) basketball program, which offers our youth on Roosevelt Island and across New York City the opportunity to play basketball on a high level. Our goals are to produced the best basketball players, who understand that education comes first. Goat Basketball is a non-profit organization with a 501C3. We are located 645 Main Street (Roosevelt Island) College scouts attend AAU tournaments to recruit players to play for their college. Scouts could give out a scholarship for a player who they’re interested in.


John McNeil


My name is John McNeil and I graduated from LIU (Brooklyn) with a Bachelor in Journalism. I’ve been playing basketball since I was five years old. I played for the Riverside Hawks and received a Scholarship to go to LIU. I played for the Kenny Smith camp and made their All-star team. I’m a playground legend on Roosevelt island. 

Arlando Mack

Assistant Director

My name is Arlando MACK, I’ve been playing basketball since I was six years old. I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I’ve played in tournaments in Brooklyn to showcase my skills. Basketball helped me become a better person. It kept me off the streets and able to focus on my school work. I’ve learned that basketball is a way of life. When obstacles get hard there’re ways to win.