Jeremy Lin didn’t make much of an impression on me when Harvard visited Boulder on Nov. 22, 2008.
The dynamic New York Knicks savior and overnight international celebrity was just 4-for-11 shooting with 11 points, four assists and two turnovers during a 70-57 loss to Colorado at the Coors Events Center.
I remember Jeff Bzdelik raving about Harvard big man Keith Wright. The former NBA scout and Denver Nuggets head coach nailed that one.
Wright, currently the senior captain of the 23-3 Crimson, was 9-for-15 from the field with 18 points in that first meeting with CU and finished with 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting during Harvard’s 82-66 victory over the Buffs last season.
I don’t recall Bzdelik mentioning anything about Lin becoming the next Steve Nash.
Cory Higgins, now with the Charlotte Bobcats, scored 14 points against Harvard in that meeting during Lin’s junior season. Nate Tomlinson, a true freshman point guard at the time, had five assists.
And Casey Crawford, a player Bzdelik had bragged about who never lived up to the hype at CU, stole the show with 18 points off the bench for the Buffs.
Only 2,957 fans witnessed Lin’s appearance in Boulder. I wonder if any of them remember him better than I do.