Jeremy Lin has been named one of eleven finalists for the Bob Cousy Award (named after the Boston Celtics legend), given to the best college basketball point guard. The selection criteria emphasizes "leadership, team work, success, and fundamentals," which I believe describes Jeremy Lin to a T, with his old-school style play leading Harvard to one of its best seasons in history.
There is actually a fan voting component
, where the top vote-getter will receive one vote by the Hall of Fame selection committee. You can vote here
. Voting begins now until March 5th. The winner will be presented with the award during Final Four weekend of the upcoming March Madness tournament. Given his relative obscurity playing in the Ivy League, it would be nice if Lin got a little more national attention from college fans, and consideration from pro teams.
In other related news, Jeremy Lin was recently interviewed
by NPR (transcript as well as audio interview). He was also named one of thirty-one finalists
for the John Wooden Award, given to the best college basketball player in the country. And, he was recently covered in a long article by Sports Illustrated
. The SI article mentioned how barely any of the college basketball programs even gave Lin a look coming out of high school, but noted that a former UCLA coach admitted, "In hindsight... he'd probably be starting for UCLA at point guard." Try that for a massive understatement, given that Lin is among the few finalists for best college point guard and best overall player, out of hundreds of colleges that make up the NCAA.
Here are some previous Hyphen posts about him, chronicling the attention he's been getting: