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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Former Harvard guard and
three-time All-Ivy League honoree Jeremy Lin ’10 has signed a
multiple-year professional contract with the Golden State Warriors
of the National Basketball Association. Lin is attempting
become the first Asian-American player to play in the NBA since Rex
Walters was a member of the Miami Heat in 2000.
Lin is in line to be the first Ivy League player to play for an NBA team since Penn’s Matt Maloney suited up for the Atlanta Hawks and Yale’s Chris Dudley was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2003. With his first game for the Warriors, Lin would join former Harvard standouts Saul Mariaschin ’47 (Boston Celtics) and Edward Smith ’51 (New York Knicks) as Crimson players who have seen time in the NBA.
As a senior in 2009-10, Lin, 21, was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the nation’s top point guard as well as the John R. Wooden Award for the national player of the year. A four-time Ivy League Player of the Week honoree this past season, Lin led the Crimson in scoring as a senior with 16.4 points per game. He also paced Harvard with 4.6 assists per contest and topped the Ancient Eight with 71 steals, marking the third straight year he finished first in the Ivy League in steals. Harvard also enjoyed the program's winningest season in 2009-10, as the team recorded 21 victories and qualified for the postseason for the first time since 1946.