Jeremy Lin was born August 23, 1988 near Los Angeles and raised in Palo Alto, California. His parents, Gie-Ming and Shirley, emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the mid-1970s. Jeremy is the middle child in his family, having both an older brother, Josh, and a younger brother, Joseph.

High School

In his senior year of high school, Jeremy averaged 15.1 points, 7.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 steals and led Palo Alto High to a 32-1 record and an upset of nationally ranked Mater Dei, 51-47 for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division II state title. In so doing, he also earned himself many state player of the year honors.

Despite this, no colleges, including hometown Stanford, offered him an athletic scholarship. With Harvard and Brown being the only schools to offer him a guaranteed spot on their basketball teams, Jeremy chose to enroll at Harvard.


As a freshman at Harvard (2006-07), Jeremy averaged 4.8 points per game in 18.1 minutes.

He started getting more playing time as a sophomore, averaging 12.6 points, 3.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds, while earning second team All-Ivy League honors.

In his junior year, he was the only NCAA Division I men’s basketball player who ranked in the top ten in his conference for scoring (17.8), rebounding (5.5), assists (4.3), steals (2.4), blocked shots (0.6), field goal percentage (0.502), free throw percentage (0.744), and 3 point shot percentage (0.400), earning a consensus first team All-Ivy League selection.

In his senior year (2009–10), Jeremy averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.1 blocks, and was again a unanimous selection for first team All-Ivy League. He was one of 30 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award and one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award. He was also invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

He gained national attention for his performance against the 12th ranked Connecticut Huskies, against whom he scored a career-high tying 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds on the road.

Lin finished his career as the first player in the history of the Ivy League to record at least 1,450 points (1,483), 450 rebounds (487), 400 assists (406) and 200 steals (225).

He graduated from Harvard with a degree in economics and a 3.1 grade-point average.


After graduating from Harvard, Jeremy went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft.

He later accepted an invitation from the Dallas Mavericks to attend their mini-camp and play in their NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. In five Summer League games, while playing both guard positions, Lin averaged 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.2 steals in 18.6 minutes per game and shot a team leading 54.5% from the floor. Lin turned heads in his matchup against first overall pick John Wall, scoring 13 points.

After his impressive Summer League performances, Jeremy received offers to sign from the Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and an unnamed Eastern Conference team. Jeremy chose to sign a 2-year deal with his favorite team growing up, the hometown Warriors. The deal was partially guaranteed for the first year, with the Warriors holding a team option for the second.

In the first year of his contract with the Warriors, Jeremy played sparingly. He got into 29 games, averaging 2.6 points in 9.8 minutes per game.