Jeremy Lin Says Race Played as a Barrier in College
Jeremy Lin believes that he would’ve be a Division I scholarship player in college if he would of been African-American or white, not Asian-American.
As a senior in high school, Jeremy Lin led Palo Alto High School to a 32-1 record and a state championship in 2005-06, averaging 15.1 points, 7.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game in the state of California.
Although Lin garnered accolades throughout his entire high school career, no Division I California schools or even division I schools in general offered Lin a scholarship.
When he got to Harvard where he ultimately ended up for school, he was a standout in the Ivy League as he was in high school.
Lin entered the NBA Draft, yet went un-drafted but after stints in summer leagues and the NBADL, he would find a roster spot with the Golden State Warriors.
Did race play a factor in why Lin wasn’t drafted, too?
“I think in the true sense the answer to that is yes,” NBA commissioner David Stern told Rose, according to CBSNews.com.
“In terms of looking at somebody … I don’t know whether he was discriminated against because he was at Harvard,” Stern said with a laugh, according to CBSNews.com. “Or because he was Asian.”
Obviously if you follow sports at all, you were introduced to “Lin-Sanity” last season in the NBA and Jeremy Lin became a household name.
But one of the main questions that needs to be answered, is the question that Lin has obviously faced, and that being are there other Asian-American basketball players not getting their own opportunity because of their race.
Lin got paid in the off-season after his tremendous 2011-2012 campaign, inking a 3 year, $25.1 million dollar deal with the Houston Rockets.
In the past, Yao Ming broke onto the scene as the most popular Asian player of all time in the NBA, but no Asian-American players have had the success on the national scene like Lin.
Hopefully as Lin would agree, that his success could be the catalyst for future Asian-American players to at least get the same opportunities of other high school, college and professional players.