When Harvard graduate, Jeremy Lin, took the nation by storm with the New York Knicks in 2012, he was the first player from the Ivy League to play for an NBA franchise since Penn’s Matt Maloney and Yale’s Chris Dudley in 2002-03.
However, in recent years, the Ivy League—not traditionally a professional basketball feeder—has seen an uptick in its reputation, with Harvard both winning its first career NCAA tournament game against New Mexico and landing the league’s first-ever top 100 recruit in 6’9” power forward, Zena Edosomwan.
With the strength of the Ivy League’s non-conference schedules improving, it is becoming clearer how the league leaders match up with projected NBA draft picks from major conferences. Harvard faced Cal, Memphis and St. Mary’s this season, Princeton took on Syracuse, and Penn matched up with Villanova.
Though the NBA may not be ready for another Ivy League player right now, there are a number of young and talented prospects who have the potential to pan out professionally.