Lin Named Ivy League Player of the Week

Lin Named Ivy League Player of the Week

Jeremy Lin leans in for two of his game-hgh 30 points against UConn on Sunday (Steve Slade).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard senior guard Jeremy Lin has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week in an announcement by the league office late Monday afternoon.

It is the second award of the season for Lin and the fifth of his career.

In two games, Lin averaged 22.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in 31 minutes per game as the Crimson went 1-1 with a 21-point win against Rice and a six-point loss at No. 13 UConn.

In the Rice game, Lin had 14 points (5-10 FG), eight rebounds, four boards and four steals in just 25 minutes; against UConn, he tied a career-high and had game-highs of 30 points (11-18 FG), three steals and two blocks to go with a season-high of nine rebounds.

For the week he shot 57 percent (16-28) from the floor and 71 percent from the free throw line (10-14).

Harvard's 21-point win against Rice gave the Crimson its best start to a season (6-1) since 1984-85 ... The Crimson had 10 shot blocks against Rice ... Harvard shot 52 percent in the first half and 75 percent in the second half against the Owls, finishing at 61 percent for the game ... Harvard has not been out-rebounded in the first half this season ... Harvard's bench has outscored its opponents' every game this season ... With 30 points against UConn, Lin moved into 16th place on Harvard's all-time scoring list, past former teammate Jim Goffredo '07, with 1,149 points ... In his last two games against BCS teams (Boston College, Connecticut), Lin is averaging 28.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 4.5 steals and 2.0 blocks while shooting 22-for-34 (.647).

Recent Quotes on Jeremy Lin:
"He's a terrific basketball player. What I really like about him is he's athletic, more than you think so. He controls his temperament to a really nice tempo. He knows how to play. He's one of the better kids, including BIG EAST guards, who have come in here in quite some time...I really love his composure." - Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun

"There are a lot of teams that come through here... I can't think of a team that he wouldn't play for." - Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun

"(Jeremy Lin) really has great, great composure on the court; he's got change-of-pace dribbles; he's really, really good." - Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun

"A player that continues to be overlooked nationally: Jeremy Lin of Harvard. All he did was go for a career-high 30 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a 79-73 loss at Connecticut. The race between Cornell's Ryan Wittman and Lin for Ivy League player of the year will be quite a chase." - ESPN commentator Andy Katz

"Lin can play anywhere, in any league." - ESPN commentator Jay Bilas

"Harvard guard Jeremy Lin put on a show in Storrs on Sunday, contributing a career-high 30 points and nine rebounds as his Crimson hung around all afternoon before losing 79-73 to 13th-ranked Connecticut." - ESPN commentator Andy Katz

"Jeremy Lin is fearless in the lane and a legit playmaker, drawing so much attention as the Crimson's legit threat that he attracts a crowd, opening up his teammates for easy buckets. He finished with 30 points and nine rebounds, and for at least this game, was by far the best player on the court." - ESPN columnist Dana O'Neill

"For some folks who haven't seen [Lin] play, you're probably wowed by some of the things he can do-we are." - head coach Tommy Amaker.

"That's the best complement I can give him, that what you saw this afternoon out of him is who he is. I think he's as good of a guard as there is." - head coach Tommy Amaker.

"Jeremy Lin, Harvard's spectacular guard, is perhaps the primary reason UConn had such difficulty Sunday afternoon... (he) streaked upcourt for emphatic dunks, played with grace and determination and gave the Huskies all they could handle right up to the final buzzer." - Mike Anthony, Hartford Courant

"He's a great player. I'm definitely tired after this one." - UConn guard Jerome Dyson

"FOXSPORTS.COM STUD OF THE NIGHT: There were plenty of candidates, but I've got to go with Harvard senior guard Jeremy Lin - who finished with 25 points in the Crimson's upset at Boston College." - Fox Commentator Jeff Goodman 

"Jeremy Lin can really play" - Columnist Brian McPherson

Recent Quotes on Harvard Men's Basketball:
"...It's also unfair to lay all of the blame on Connecticut without giving any of the credit to Harvard. Tommy Amaker's team plays hard, but also plays smart. Harvard players repeatedly passed up decent looks to make the extra pass for a guy with a better look... Don't be surprised to see Harvard give frontrunner Cornell a run for its money in the hunt for the Ivy League's lone NCAA tourney bid. " --ESPN columnist Dana O'Neill

"First, congratulations to Tom and his team. They were better than I even thought they would be. They're very well coached... they're a very good basketball team." - Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun

"They played 40 minutes the same way. When we let up, they took advantage of it, and that's what good teams do." - Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun

"They're a much better team than they were a year ago (when they beat us). They've gone out and played some good competition." - Boston College Head Coach Al Skinner.

"They are a good basketball team and they executed the things they had to do ... they are a good team, they executed their stuff." - Boston College Head Coach Al Skinner.

"You've got to give Lin some credit. He's a good player." - Boston College Head Coach Al Skinner.

"Harvard can really play, too" - Columnist Brian McPherson

"Taking UConn to the brink is one thing. Coming back less than a week later and beating Boston College shows it wasn't a fluke. Cornell was a unanimous pick to repeat as Ivy League champs, but it appears Harvard -- a fourth-place pick in the preseason poll -- is poised to give the Big Red a run for their money for an NCAA tournament berth." - Columnist Brian McPherson