Ivan Leshinsky

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Personal information
Born (1947-02-05) February 5, 1947 (age 74)
Brooklyn, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Career information
High schoolMidwood High School
CollegeLIU Brooklyn Blackbirds men's basketball
PositionPower forward (basketball)

Ivan Leshinsky (אייבן לישינסקי; born February 5, 1947) is an American-Israeli former basketball player.[1][2][3] He played the forward and center positions.[4][5] He played three seasons in the Israeli Basketball Premier League, and competed for the Israeli national basketball team.

Biography

Leshinsky was born in Brooklyn, New York.[5] He is 6' 9" (206 cm) tall.[1] He later lived in Annapolis, Maryland, starting in 1974, with his wife, Babette, and their son Eric, and after a number of years the family moved to Baltimore, Maryland.[6][7][7]

Leshinsky grew up in Brooklyn living on Avenue J and Ocean Avenue (Brooklyn), and attended P.S. 193.[8] He then attended Midwood High School ('63) in Brooklyn, where he played center for the basketball team.[9][8]

He attended Long Island University from 1963 to 1968.[4] Leshinsky played for the LIU Blackbirds in 1967-68.[4][5][10] He played in the 1968 National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals in Madison Square Garden in New York City.[6]

Leshinsky was selected by the Boston Celtics in the tenth round (130th pick overall) of 1968 NBA Draft.[5][6][11] He chose instead to go to Israel to play basketball.[6][12]

He played three seasons in the Israeli Basketball Premier League, all for Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C., from 1968 to 1971.[1]

Leshinsky also played for the Israeli national basketball team.[13] He competed in the EuroBasket 1969 FIBA European Championship for Men, averaging 14.7 points per game, and at the Basketball at the 1970 Asian Games, at which he won a silver medal with Team Israel.[13]

He later studied at The George Washington University, earning an M.Ed., with a Special Education major.[14]

Starting in 1974 Leshinsky began to work at, and in 1980 became the Executive Director of, the Chesapeake Foundation for Human Development in Baltimore, which operates programs for youths who are disadvantaged.[6][7]

In 1990 Leshinsky was named the head basketball coach at the Key School in Annapolis.[6][12]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "מנהלת ליגת העל בכדורסל | כדורסל ישראלי | עונת 1968-69 | הפועל תל אביב | אייבן לישינסקי". basket.co.il.
  2. "⁨הגיעו העולים־כדורסלנים מארהבלישינםקיוזולוט ⁩ | ⁨מעריב⁩ | 23 יוני 1968 | אוסף העיתונות | הספרייה הלאומית". www.nli.org.il. June 23, 1968.
  3. "⁨לישינסקי שוקל אפשרות לחזור בקרוב לארה"ב ⁩ | ⁨מעריב⁩ | 8 מרץ 1970 | אוסף העיתונות | הספרייה הלאומית". www.nli.org.il. March 8, 1970.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Ivan Leshinsky College Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "1968 NBA Draft". The Draft Review.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 "Leshinksy Named Key cage coach". The Baltimore Sun. May 27, 1990. p. 240.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Wired, but not Quite Connected". Urbanite. March 2008.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Argyle Art Rhine (September 2019). "Midwood Basketball, 1962, Part 2: The Greatest Basketball Game of All", West Midwood News.
  9. "Middies Top Generals". Midwood Argus. March 8, 1963.
  10. Jada Butler & Shannon Miller (June 28, 2019). "Are the LIU Sharks in Fresh Waters?". The Pioneer.
  11. Bradley, Robert D. (2013). The Basketball Draft Fact Book: A History of Professional Basketball's College Drafts. Scarecrow Press.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Satterfield, Lem (January 13, 1991). "AT KEY SCHOOL, BASKETBALL AN AFTERTHOUGHT". The Baltimore Sun.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Ivan LISHINNSKY (ISR)". archive.fiba.com.
  14. "Ivan Leshinsky; The George Washington University, Washington D.C. Metro Area". Alumni US.

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