2020 Vision: Pinnacle’s Marcus Libman

Many have been hit hard by the news that schools will not return to campus for the remainder of the academic year. It’s a tough and transformative time for all, but especially for the senior class, the class of 2020. Sports360AZ wants to hear from those seniors on how they’re adjusting, what they’re feeling and how this experience can make them stronger moving forward in a new segment we call “2020 Vision.”

Even in quarantine, it’s hard for Marcus Libman to sit still. The Pinnacle High two-sport standout (football, basketball) is keeping busy (safely) during the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I’m doing alright, I still do my school work and stuff but I get bored pretty easy,” the wide receiver who will continue his football and academic career at Columbia said via Skype to Sports360AZ.com with a smile. “Our friends down the street, they have a little gym in their garage. Usually Tuesdays and Thursdays I go catch with Spencer [Rattler] or I go over to the Horizon area and catch with Jake Martinelli. Then usually Wednesdays or Fridays I’ll go run Pinnacle Peak with my mom.”

During his time with the ‘Neers, few players can claim the type of success Libman experienced. He won two 6A State Basketball Championships, as well as played in a 6A State semi-final game, as well as the first ever Open Division last fall.

Those memories are ones which will last a lifetime.

“It’s crazy,” Libman said in reflection. “I’m going to miss all the memories and all my friends for sure. I’ll definitely stay cool with the close people around me. Once [the pandemic] is over, I’ll definitely be hitting everyone up so I can say goodbye.”  

As one chapter comes to an end, another for “Libby” will be beginning this fall in the Ivy League in New York City.

“It came down to USC or Columbia,” he explained. “When I went on my official visit, I had never been to New York City before. It was crazy. My eyes just got huge. I loved Times Square, I loved Central Park. Everything is right there. Columbia is in the middle of the city…if football doesn’t work out, I have so many opportunities and so many things I could do.”

 

A Valley native, Eric has had a passion for the Arizona sports scene since an early age. He has covered some of the biggest events including Super Bowls, national championships and the NBA and MLB playoffs in his near 20 years in local media.