Jeremy Lin sparked an all-out media craze when he burst on to the NBA scene last season with the New York Knicks, and he attained his superstar status after being overlooked by most Division I universities.
Lin was named first-team All-State and Northern California Division II Player of the Year during his senior year when he led his team to a state title, yet no schools were pursuing the 6’3 point guard. In an interview with 60 Minutes that will air on Sunday, the man responsible for “Linsanity” discussed his honest theories as to why he wasn’t recruited by major colleges.
“I think the obvious thing in my mind is that I was an Asian-American,” Lin told Charlie Rose. “Which is a whole different issue, but I think that was a barrier.”
A barrier that Lin has certainly overcome in his career. After an impressive stint at Harvard, Lin went undrafted, but proved himself in the NBA Summer League and signed with the Golden State Warriors in 2010.
After signing a three-year, $25 million deal with Houston in the offseason, Lin is averaging 13.1 points, 6.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds for the Rockets who are on track to clinch a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2009.