Lin defies traditional Ivy League success

December, 28, 2011
On Tuesday, Stanford graduate and Knicks shooting guard Landry Fields tweeted, "So @JLin7 is a Knick now. STAT and Tyson admitted they will use us for SAT prep courses if they ever decide to go to college."

Well, starting Wednesday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calf., where Harvard grad Jeremy Lin began his NBA career, the Knicks' new backup point guard will help Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler "pass" the course -- on the court, that is.

Lin's lobs to Stoudemire and Chandler will be something of a rarity. Only three students from Harvard ever made it to the NBA. In fact, the university has produced more U.S. presidents from either undergrad, law or business school (eight) than NBA players (three).

Here's the breakdown:



John Adams

Saul Mariaschin (NBA from 1947-48)

John Quincy Adams

Ed Smith (NBA from 1953-54)

Rutherford B. Hayes

Jeremy Lin (NBA from 2010-present)

Theodore Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

John F. Kennedy

George W. Bush

Barack Obama

Prior to Lin, the last players from the Ivy League to play in the NBA were former Knicks center Chris Dudley (Yale) and Matt Maloney (Penn) during the 2002-03 season. Here's the entire list featuring only those who suited up in at least one NBA game:

Brown (3): Johnny Bach, George Grimshaw, Mo Mahoney
Columbia (5): Jim McMillian, Walt Budko, Dave Newmark, Jack Molinas, Red Dehnert
Cornell (1): Nat Militzok
Dartmouth (7): Dick McGuire, Rudy LaRusso, Ed Leede, George Munroe, Walter Palmer, James Blackwell, Aud Brindley
Harvard (3): Saul Mariaschin, Ed Smith, Jeremy Lin
Princeton (9): Bill Bradley, Armond Hill, Geoff Petrie, Brian Taylor, John Hummer, Bud Palmer, Steve Goodrich, Michael Kearns, Ted Manakas
Penn (12): Corky Calhoun, Dave Wohl, Ernie Beck, Matt Maloney, Chink Crossin, Howie Dallmar, Jerome Allen, Bob Bigelow, Phil Hankinson, Ira Bowman, Tony Price, Jack McCloskey
Yale (3): Chris Dudley, Tony Lavelli, Butch Graves

Dudley played in the most regular-season games (886). He also made 59 playoff appearances, 18 of which came during the Knicks' 1999 run to the NBA Finals.

Only two Ivy Leaguers were elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and they were both Knicks: Bill Bradley and Dick McGuire.

Source: ESPN Stats & Info

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