If you’re a Knicks fan, can you think of a time when there was a Stanford grad and a Harvard grad in your backcourt? We didn’t think so. But with the signing of Harvard standout and former Golden State Warrior Jeremy Lin as a backup point guard and with Landry Fields starting at shooting guard, you’ve got yourself one well educated backcourt! Fields even Tweeted, “So @JLin7 [Jeremy Lin] is a Knick now. STAT [Amar'e Stoudemire] and Tyson [Chandler] admitted they will use us for SAT prep courses if they ever decide to go to college.” Very funny.
ESPN ran a great piece on the number of Harvard grads who have earned spots in the NBA. That number is a whopping three. In addition to Jeremy Lin, Harvard touts former NBA players Ed Smith who played in the NBA from 1953-1954 and Saul Mariaschin who played during the 1947-1948 season. So Lin has already competed in as many seasons combined as every Harvard NBA player who has come before him! Go Jeremy Lin.
If you’re wondering if there have been more presidents who have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from Harvard than have played in the NBA, you can bet you’re on to something. Harvard, after all, has educated John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
Check out this post on the Ivy League and NFL.