Jeremy Lin: Race Was A Barrier To College Scholarship

  • Mark Evans
Jeremy Lin played at Harvard before eventually breaking out with the Knicks. credit:

Jeremy Lin played at Harvard before eventually breaking out with the Knicks.

Jeremy Lin took the NBA by storm last year when he emerged as the point guard of the New York Knicks, putting up some ridiculous numbers in short stretches while gaining huge international attention. He is now with the Houston Rockets, after signing a deal this offseason to become the team’s starting point guard.

Lin attended Harvard University after not being able to find a Division I scholarship for his basketball skills, and he believes that his struggle to get a basketball scholarship is partially because he is Asian American. Via ESPN:

Jeremy Lin thinks he would  have been offered a Division I basketball scholarship — if he wasn’t Asian American.

Lin, now the starting point guard for the Houston Rockets, led Palo Alto (Calif.) High School to a 32-1 record and a state championship in 2005-06, averaging 15.1 points, 7.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game.

But despite being named first-team All-State and Northern California Division II Player of the Year, local schools like Stanford and UCLA passed on the 6-foot-3 Lin.

“Well, I think the obvious thing in my mind is that I was Asian American, which, you know, is a whole different issue but … I think that was a barrier,” Lin told Charlie Rose in a “60 Minutes” interview that will air Sunday night.

“I mean … it’s a stereotype.”

Things certainly ended up pretty well for Jeremy Lin. Any time you can go to Harvard and then end up as a starter in the NBA, you’ve done pretty well for yourself.

Regardless, there is certainly a bigger issue. Would Lin have been given a scholarship if he were another race? It’s a tough question to answer, but you have to believe that there is at least something here worth talking about.

I’m sure plenty of colleges are regretting the decision to not offer him a scholarship now.

Mark Evans, Assistant Manager/Editor of Content

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