Jeremy Lin played high school basketball in a gymnasium across the street from the Stanford campus. But the coaches there did not seriously recruit him. Neither did the coaches from U.C.L.A. The same for the coaches from many Ivy League universities.
“We all felt the same way: we could get better,” said Steve Donahue, the former coach at Cornell.
The story of Lin’s college recruitment illustrates how talent evaluators overlooked his ability even when Lin was young. It is something that was repeated in the professional ranks as he moved from Golden State to Houston to New York, where he has infected Knicks fans with Linsanity, becoming a sensation over five transcendent games.