There’s plenty of top quality basketball players who plied their trade at the Maccabiah, but you may not find one that can combine his Ivy League school education and basketball like Spencer Weisz. The northern New Jersey native did not only attend one of the finest Universities in the United States but was also named Ivy League MVP for his prowess on the hardwood.
“I went to Seton Hall Prep for high school which was a controversial step in my development as it was a Catholic school and I’m Jewish, but my family decided that it was best for both my academics and athletics. I was fortunate enough to attend Princeton and I was there for the past four years. It was an unbelievable experience, learned a lot about the world and about myself. I couldn’t be in a better position,” Weisz explained.
The history major had a marvelous career becoming the only player to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 3-pointers. This past season saw the Tigers head to the NCAA Tournament as well, “We went undefeated, 14-0 in regular season games and since this was the first season where we had an Ivy league conference, we defeated Penn in the semifinals and then beat Yale in the finals.”
The AP Honorable Mention All-American continued, “My favorite part of playing basketball is making my teammates better. Many people ask me what position I play; I said I couldn’t tell you. This past year I played every position on the court and it kind of varies to help my team succeed and raise my teammates level of play.”
With a spectacular college career already under his belt and having represented Israel at the 2015 FIBA U-20 European Championships, Israel has always been a big part of Weisz’s life, “Judaism has always been a deep part of who I am and it would be an honor to play in a country that I love and that means so much to the Jewish people as a whole. My family and many others would be very proud.”
While he hasn’t figured out exactly what life will throw at him, Spencer’s goals are clear, “The whole game plan hasn’t necessarily been mapped out yet, but to potentially make a mark in the tremendously respected Israel Basketball Winner League would truly go a long way. But I am just going to take it year by year for now, not only for myself but for my family as well and see I’ll what comes my way.”