VIDEO: Jeremy Lin on why he thinks no major college recruited him
It's pretty obvious by now: Linsanity wasn't just a flash in the pan thing. Jeremy Lin can actually play. He's good. But why didn't anyone notice him in high school, when he was the California player of the year?
It's pretty obvious by now: Linsanity wasn't just a flash in the pan thing. Jeremy Lin can actually play. He's good.
He's followed up his explosion in New York last season by living up to the big contract the Rockets gave him, averaging 13.1 points and 6.1 assists as he and James Harden have built one of the most dynamic, interesting backcourts in the NBA.
At this point, anyone doubting Lin just isn't paying attention. It's obvious that he's good.
But for whatever reason, he was overlooked for a long time. Starting with his college recruitment, or lack thereof.
Lin was interviewed by 60 Minutes for an episode airing Sunday, and talked about why he wasn't given much attention. Because keep in mind: Lin was named the best player in the state of California his senior year at Palo Alto High School.
"I would say I was decent," Lin said sheepishly.
Come on, decent?
"Well, I got that award, but that doesn't mean I was the best player," Lin said. "I think that had a lot to do with my team's success."
Well, he's right about the team's success. Lin's high school team went 32-1 his senior year and won the state title, upsetting powerhouse Mater Dei.
But again, no major Division I school offered him a scholarship. Not Stanford. Not USC. Not UCLA. Not even a smaller mid-major like UC-Irvine or Pepperdine or something. Nobody.
"I think the obvious thing in my mind is that I was an Asian-American," Lin told Charlie Rose. "Which is a whole different issue, but I think that was a barrier."
Lin was asked exactly what being an Asian-American has to do with basketball and why that would get in the way.
"It's a stereotype," Lin said simply.
Something he's obviously overcome. He went to Harvard, was terrific there, then went undrafted into the NBA, made a name for himself at Summer League and the D-League, then found some time with the Warriors. Then he went to the Rockets for a brief time, playing in two preseason games, was waived and then landed at Madison Square Garden, where it all came together for him.
Be sure to watch the entire interview Sunday. Lin's story still is one of the most incredible things to happen in the NBA in a long time. And maybe one of the most important, too.
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