Harvard has made a concerted effort to improve its men's basketball program, and not just on the floor. This has led to criticism of Harvard's recruiting practices by fellow Ivy League schools, a claim Andy Glocker analyzes thusly: "The non-scholarship league has myriad financial aid rules that allow schools to attempt to match packages offered by a league rival, so Harvard's enormous endowment and liberal grant plans often aren't the key advantages they may seem. The real difference is in who the Crimson are going after, which are much better basketball players, some of whom may have lesser academic profiles than traditional Harvard recruits. That's not necessarily a bad thing. In truth, almost any Ivy League recruit would be the academic envy of most other Division I programs, so the big picture is complicated and tinged with shades of gray. It's about reputation and institutional emphasis in a league that sometimes is embarrassed by sporting success. It's about double standards in what's OK for one program but not another. It's about jealousy and protecting the status quo. Whatever Harvard is doing (or not doing), it's working, and the competitive landscape in the league has changed as a result."
Lost Letterman, moonlighting at The Dagger, highlights the remarkable career of former Tulsa star Herb Johnson, who is still playing professional basketball in Switzerland at the ripe old age of 48: "'I'm grateful for every day that I can run and actually do it,' said Johnson, who plays for the club Villars Basket. 'So if you rack up those years and look at Herb Johnson and say, ‘Hey man, you've done it for three decades,' -- well I'm a soldier, son.'" To put Johnson's endurance in perspective, he was a part of the 1985 NBA draft class that included fellow big men Patrick Ewing, Wayman Tisdale, Detlef Schrempf, Charles Oakley, Karl Malone and A.C. Green."