May 20, 2008 — Yeshiva University men’s basketball freshman Zachary Gordon and senior Michael Pollack were named to the 2007-08 Jewish Sports Review All-American team for Division II and III programs. Gordon and Pollack were instrumental in leading Yeshiva to an 11-16 season during which the Maccabees advanced to the Skyline Conference Semifinals.
Gordon was named first-team All-American after one of the finest individual seasons in the history of the Yeshiva men’s basketball program. He was previously voted first-team All-Conference by the Skyline Conference, the Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year, second-team All-Met, second-team All-ECAC for the Metro Region, the ECAC Metro Rookie of the Year, and All-Region by D3Hoops.com. He averaged 20.2 points per game to lead the Maccabees and finished second in the Skyline Conference in scoring. In addition, Gordon’s 7.5 rebounds per game led the Maccabees and were good for fifth in the Skyline Conference. Gordon also averaged 1.81 blocked shots per game to finish second in the Skyline, and his 51 per cent field goal percentage was the ninth best in the conference.
Gordon earned Skyline Conference Rookie of the Week five times, was named to the PrestoSports/MBWA Honor Roll four times, and was named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week twice for his outstanding season that included seven double-doubles, 20 games during which he scored 15 points or more, and 13 games during which he broke the 20-point plateau. He also registered a 31-point performance against Mount Saint Vincent on February 20, and an incredible 41-point effort against SUNY Old Westbury during the Skyline Conference Quarterfinals on February 26 as he led Yeshiva back from a 22-point second half deficit, and the Maccabees won 88-82 in overtime. Gordon finished the season with 525 points, and 195 rebounds putting him on a possible track to earn the rare distinction of a 2,000-point/1,000-rebound career.
Pollack distinguished himself as one of the best two-way players in the Skyline Conference, and was named honorable mention All-American for his efforts. The forward finished second in the Skyline Conference in both assists (4.27 per game), and steals (2.46 per game), and averaged 7.4 points per game. A four-year player, Pollack finished his YU career with more than 400 points, 150 steals, and 200 assists.
The Jewish Sports Review is a bi-monthly guide to the world of Jewish sports that has been in production for more than 10 years. The publication selects annual Jewish college all-American teams in baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, and lacrosse.