Ivy League breaks its NBA-free streak


Jeremy Lin is breaking all sorts of NBA-related barriers. He's an Asian-American, for one, and Asian-Americans are all too rare in college hoops, let alone in the NBA. But there's also the little matter of Lin's former college, Harvard, which (as you know) is an Ivy League institution. The Ivy League is not exactly an NBA talent scout's first stop.

Per the Wall Street Journal, Lin's contract with the Golden State Warriors means his former league is off the schneid. Among the 20 conferences that competed in this year's NCAA tournament, only the Ivy League and the Atlantic Sun had failed to produce an NBA player since 2005. Now the Atlantic Sun stands alone.

Naturally, the A-Sun and the Ivy aren't the only conferences that have struggled to produce NBA talent in the past five years. The Dagger has a list of other conferences which have struggled to send players to the next level, conferences like the America East, Big South, Northeast, Patriot League, and the Summit League, which boast one player since 2005 each. The SWAC, MAAC, MEAC, and Southland conferences have each produced two. Compared to those paltry (but entirely unsurprising) tallies, the Big Ten looks downright loaded.