Dec 12, 2008 — Yeshiva University men’s basketball junior Martin Leibovich, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has earned four major weekly awards after an outstanding week of play during which the guard/forward led the Maccabees to a 1-1 record.
For terrific play during a competitive loss to CUNY powerhouse Baruch College and a 74-71 overtime win of Maritime College on Dec. 11, Leibovich was named the Skyline Conference Player of the Week and ECAC-Metro Co-Player of the Week, and was named to the PrestoSports/Metropolitan Basketball Writer’s Association Honor Roll and D3Hoops.com Team of the Week. The honors were the first weekly awards of Leibovich’s career.
Against Baruch College, Leibovich scored a team-high 23 points after shooting 6 for 10 from the floor, and added six rebounds and three assists as Yeshiva battled back from a 24-point deficit and gave the host Bearcats all they could handle.
Two nights later, Leibovich enjoyed perhaps his finest all-around game in the Yeshiva uniform, scoring 26 points (on 11 for 19 shooting) and added 13 rebounds and four steals as Yeshiva overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to stun Maritime College 74-71 in an overtime Skyline Conference thriller.
During the week, Leibovich averaged 24.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.0 steals while shooting 58.6 percent from the floor (17-for-29) and 80 percent from the free throw line (12-for-15).
The Skyline Conference Player of the Week is awarded every Monday through a nomination and selection process among the 10 Skyline Conference programs. A year ago, now-junior Alex Claster earned the honor, and since the 2004-05 season, YU alums Harel Vatavu and Shuki Merlis earned Skyline Conference Player of the Week honors.
The ECAC Player of the Week honor is a regional award chosen among the dozens of Division III men’s basketball programs in the metropolitan area.
The PrestoSports/MBWA Honor Roll is a regional award chosen by members of the media covering New York City college basketball and is chosen from a group of nominees that includes Division I, II, and III Basketball players.
The D3Hoops.com Team of the Week is a weekly national award chosen from a group of nominees spanning more than 350 NCAA Division III men’s basketball programs.
For the 2008-09 season, Leibovich leads Yeshiva in scoring (16.8 points per game), rebounding (7.2 per game), blocked shots (five), and steals (12). He also has both of Yeshiva’s double-doubles this season, and has scored double digits in eight games, and scored 20 points or more five times.