The phenomenon known as Jeremy Lin
Everyone loves something new, something fresh to admire. When they find something, they hop on the bandwagon of that phenomenon. Right now, the phenomenon is New York Knicks player Jeremy Lin.
Who exactly is Jeremy Lin? That was the question I found myself asking a few weeks ago when news of this amazing point guard buzzed into the ears of sports fanatics.
A little research led me to find that the Taiwanese-American basketball player was born on Aug. 23, 1988 in Los Angeles. He led his team at Palo Alto High School to a 32-1 record but was not the highest on the recruiting charts. Nearly every school, including Stanford and UCLA, wanted him to join the team as a walk-on, offering no athletic scholarships.
Lin chose to take his underestimated talents to Harvard, and he earned many honors there. He made the All-Ivy League Second Team his sophomore year, averaging 12.6 points a game, and the All-Ivy League First Team his junior year, averaging 17.8 points per game.
As a senior, he made the All-Ivy League First team again, averaging 16.4 points and 4.5 assists. He also was one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, which honors the top collegiate point guard, as well as one of 30 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, which recognizes outstanding men's and women's basketball players.
Lin ended his career at Harvard in 2010 with 1,483 points, 487 rebounds, 406 assists and 225 steals -- an Ivy League record. In addition to setting records on the court, he graduated with a 3.1 GPA and a degree in economics.
Lin was not selected in the 2010 NBA Draft, but roughly a month later he signed a two-year contract with the Golden State Warriors. After the 2011 NBA lockout, he was cut by the Warriors and picked up by the Houston Rockets. The Rockets cut him after only 12 days, but just three days after that cut, he was picked up by the New York Knicks.
This leads us to Feb. 4. On this day against the Nets, Lin scored 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists to lead his team to a 99-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets.
Since then, Lin has continued to light up the courts, and he has been the topic of stories in publications from USA Today to the New York Times. He's been discussed on "SportsCenter" and every other sports show imaginable. He's been compared to Tim Tebow because of his overnight success, and with it, he's even been able to buy an apartment of his own after living with his brother and sleeping on his couch. Most importantly, Jeremy Lin is a devout Christian who is humble, soft-spoken and in love with the game of basketball. I rarely ride on bandwagons, but I'm certainly riding with Jeremy Lin.