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July 28, 2010 2:06 PM The Ivy-NBA Pipeline

By Daniel Luzer

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The Ivy League, the world often forgets, is actually an athletic conference. It often isn’t much of an athletic conference, but still. It’s very rare that graduates of any school in the league end up playing professional sports.

Rare, but not impossible. According to an article by Jorge Castillo in the Washington Post:

After eight U.S. presidents, 19 Supreme Court justices and 41 Nobel laureates, it looks like Harvard University can chalk up a different achievement this summer: its first grad in the NBA in 57 years, and just the fourth ever.

On July 21 Jeremy Lin (Harvard College ‘10) signed to play for the Golden State Warriors. A native of Palo Alto, Calif., the point guard, who earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in May, pointed out that the odds of this happening were slim: “Trying to make the NBA is one of the very few areas where a Harvard degree won’t necessarily help,” Lin said.

Lin briefly spent time playing for the Dallas Mavericks summer league team. The other players apparently called him “Harvard.” [Image via]

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer