Jeremy Lin, American pro basketball player, is probably best known for setting off “Linsanity”. A global craze generated by Lin’s unexpected winning turn around with the New York Knicks in 2012, Lin’s spontaneous rise to fame created a rollercoaster of a journey for the player – a journey that included a 2013 film titled “Linsanity” which chronicled the rise and victories of the basketball star.
The first man of Chinese/Taiwanese descent to ever play in the NBA, Jeremy Shu-How Lin was born on August 23, 1988 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area.
During high school, Lin maintained a grade point average of 4.2, which was high enough to meet Harvard University’s84 rigorous academic standards. Despite his impressive high school basketball career (which included being captain of the Palo Alto High School basketball team during a 32-1 record which upset the nationally ranked Mater Dei, 51-47, for the California Interscholastic Federation Division II state title), Lin did not receive any athletic scholarship offers.
There was a concern among Harvard coaches that Stanford85 would offer him a scholarship, but this never came, resulting in Lin needing to “settle” for a roster spot at Harvard.
Lin attended Harvard University84 from 2006 through 2010, maintaining a 3.1 GPA and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. This degree choice was a smart move for Lin, as it must certainly have come in handy seeing that the player earned a reported $11.48 million in salary (2016).
School: Harvard University84