Biography: Trying to become the first Harvard player to suit up in the NBA since Ed Smith with the New York Knicks in 1953, Lin was hardly on scouts' radars until his senior season. That was partially because Harvard wasn't exactly drawing much attention prior to 2009-10, when the Taiwanese-American guard helped the Crimson make the postseason for the first time in 61 years. The team's leader in points (16.4), assists (4.5) and steals (2.4), Lin also displayed the skill that will help get noticed most at the next level - his ability to facilitate an offense. While turning into a willing playmaker, he also had two of his highest-scoring games against two marquee opponents, scoring 30 in a tight loss at Connecticut and 25 three days later in an upset win at Boston College. Previously thought of as a combo guard, Lin's ball-handling and feel for the game took off last season, and he earned an invitation to the pre-draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Lin impressed with his court vision and his cerebral play, and by the end of the tournament, was being thought of as a potential second rounder. The level of competition Lin faced in college concerns some, and he's not a great shooter for a small-school guard - he made a third of his career 3-point attempts. He'll also need to get stronger, but there's time for that. If Lin can work on his flaws, he may hear his name called sometime in the mid-to-late second round, and if not, he'll certainly get a chance to impress in summer league action.
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