In 2006, Jeremy Lin arrived at Harvard University, which historically was among the weakest Ivy League basketball teams.
Lin worked hard, balancing basketball, studies and a girlfriend. He once forgot Valentine's Day and baked chicken for dinner to make it up.
The hard work paid off. In his junior year, Lin and his teammates beat Boston College, the first time Harvard had defeated a ranked opponent in the program's history.
They repeated the feat the next year with a second, epic win over BC.
Lin also played well in losses to two other tough opponents, Georgetown and UConn. Against UConn, Lin scored 30 points, a college career high.
In his senior year, Lin led Harvard to win 21 games. It was the first time Harvard won more than 20 games in a season since 1946.
By the time he graduated, Lin was the highest scoring player in Ivy League history, with 1,483 points.
But Harvard hadn't sent a player to the NBA since 1953, when Ed Smith was drafted to the New York Knicks. Did Lin have the skills to punch his ticket to the NBA?