Coming out of Palo Alto High in 2006, Jeremy Lin did not receive a single scholarship offer from a Division I basketball school. For some reason, it was believed Lin couldn't play at the next level. Lin wound up going to Harvard and, as they say, the rest is history.
On Monday, Lin was named one of 11 finalists for the coveted Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard. Lin is recently coming off a weekend in which he averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.5 steals, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as he once again filled the box score in impressive style.
The other Cousy Award finalists are: Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga), Sherron Collins (Kansas), Devan Downey (South Carolina), Trevon Hughes (Wisconsin), Kalin Lucas (Michigan State), Ronald Moore (Siena), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova), Jon Scheyer (Duke), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), and heavily favored freshman John Wall (Kentucky), who's already being projected as perhaps the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft after this season.
Lin, meanwhile, had another typical performance on Saturday night during an 80-66 Ivy League win over visiting Penn. Lin jammed up the box score once again with 19 points (4-8 field goals, 10-10 free throws), six assists, five steals, five rebounds and three steals as the Crimson rolled in front of a sold-out crowd. Harvard picked up its 15th victory – its most since 1996-97 – and moves to 15-5 overall and 4-2 in the Ivy League.