Mar 3, 2008 — Yeshiva University men’s basketball freshman Zachary Gordon was named both first team All-Conference and the Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year after a sensational freshman campaign saw Gordon lead Yeshiva in almost every major statistical category, and finish among the Skyline Conference leaders in four categories. Gordon becomes the first Yeshiva University men’s basketball player ever to earn top rookie honors. In addition to Gordon’s achievement, the Yeshiva men’s basketball program was awarded the Skyline Conference Sportsmanship Award for the 2007-08 season.
Gordon, a guard/forward, completed one of the finest individual seasons in the history of the Yeshiva University men’s basketball program for a player of any year, let alone a freshman. 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 percent field goal percentage was the ninth best in the conference.
Gordon earned Skyline Conference Rookie of the Week a conference-best 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, which 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 Feb. 20, and an incredible 41-point effort against SUNY Old Westbury during the Skyline Conference Quarterfinals on Feb. 26. During the latter game, 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.
As for the Maccabees, the Skyline Conference Sportsmanship Award is voted on by the conference’s head coaches and given to one team at the end of each sport’s season. The Yeshiva men’s basketball team is the second YU team to earn the honor during the 2007-08 academic year as the YU Women’s tennis team was awarded during the fall.
Yeshiva finished the 2007-08 season with an 11-16 overall record, including an 8-11 mark in Skyline Conference play. The Maccabees advanced to the Skyline Conference Semifinals for the first time since the 2001-02 season, and for only the second time in the team’s history.