Lin, Casey Earn Preseason Honors

Pictured: Jeremy Lin, shown here in a Harvard home victory against Michigan in 2007, was the nation's most productive player in 2008-09.
Photo: Gil Talbot

The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook has tabbed two Harvard players to its Preseason honors list.

Senior guard Jeremy Lin is one of five players named to the all-conference team while incoming freshman Kyle Casey has been named by the publication as the league's newcomer of the year.

The first Harvard player named to the NABC All-District first team since 1997, Lin grabbed national attention by leading Harvard to a victory at then-17th-ranked Boston College last season with 27 points, eight assists and six steals.

Lin finished the season as the only player in the country to rank among the top 10 in his conference in every statistical category. He ranked third in scoring (17.8 ppg), second in assists (4.3 pg), first in steals (68 - 2.4 pg), sixth in field goal percentage (.502), seventh in 3-point percentage (.400), eighth in free throw percentage (.744), first in free throw attempts (168) and made FT's (125), ninth in rebounding (5.5) and 10th in blocked shots (18).

In February, the USA Today ran a piece on Lin in its "Who's in Your Five?" section. Lin was mentioned as one of the top five players or teams that we wished had more television exposure.

In the final game of the regular season, Lin became the first Harvard player to reach the 1,000-point plateau in his junior season since 1996 when Kyle Snowden '97 accomplished the feat. One of seven players to accomplish the feat, Lin has 1,007 points. His 497 points scored is the seventh-most in a single season.

Also named to the all-conference team were Cornell's Ryan Wittman, Brown's Matt Mullery, Penn's Tyler Bernardini and Yale's Alex Zampier.

Harvard opens its season Nov. 13 at Holy Cross. The Crimson opens its home schedule Nov. 15 against William & Mary.