Basketball's Jeremy Lin Named Ivy League MVP by CollegeInsider.com
Pictured: Jeremy Lin in action against Yale two weeks ago (Chris Wraight).
Harvard senior basketball player Jeremy Lin has been named as the Ivy League Most Valuable Player by CollegeInsider.com.
Lin is 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. The Palo Alto, Calif. native lived up to the billing with an impressive season that saw Harvard set numerous program records including wins (21), non-conference wins (11), home wins (11) and road/neutral wins (10).
Last year, Lin was the only player in Division I to rank among his league’s top 10 in every statistical category. This season, he become the first player in the history of the Ivy League to record 1,450 points (1,471), 450 rebounds (487), 400 assists (401) and 200 steals (224).
At the end of the regular season, he ranks first all-time in games played (114) at Harvard, fifth in points (1,471), fifth in assists (401) and second in steals (224).
Harvard is awaiting word on a postseason tournament following a 21-7 overall record and a 10-4 mark in Ivy play.
In the nonconference schedule, Lin averaged 17.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 53.5 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line – making an average of 7.2 trips per game.
His breakout performances came against Holy Cross in the season opener with 24 points and seven assists; against William & Mary with 19 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer in triple overtime to go with nine assists and five rebounds; 30 points, nine rebounds, three steals, three assists and two blocks at Connecticut; 25 points and four assists in a win at Boston College; 17 points, eight rebounds, five assists and seven steals against George Washington; 21 points and four steals at Seattle and nine assists at Santa Clara.
All told for the season, Lin averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 52.3 percent from the floor overall, 35 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free throw line (144-190).
He made nearly 60 percent of his 2-point field goal attempts during the season (115-192, .599).
Lin was a four-time Ivy League Player of the Week and earned a spot on its weekly Honor Roll in 13 of his team’s 15 weeks of games.