When four-star recruit Zena Edosomwan committed to the Harvard men’s basketball team in March, the Crimson’s Class of 2017 recruiting crop was already well on its way to being coach Tommy Amaker’s best yet.
And with Monday’s commitment from small forward Noah Allen—ranked the No. 29 small forward in the high school class of 2013 by ESPN—the group took another step toward securing that distinction.
Allen, who hails from Salinas, Calif., joined the Crimson after reportedly turning down offers from St. Mary’s, Colorado, San Diego State, Washington State, Utah, Rice, Santa Clara, and U.C. Davis, as well Ivy League foes Yale, Penn, and Brown.
The 6’6” small forward, who according to Scout.com possesses a 3.9 GPA, must wait until November to officially clear admissions. Allen declined to comment until being cleared.
When he arrives in Cambridge in the fall of 2013, the forward should expect immediate playing time on a Crimson squad that will be lacking depth at the wing. Rising senior Christian Webster will have graduated, and rising sophomore Wesley Saunders is the lone wing remaining from Amaker’s two most recent recruiting classes. This will mean that Allen, who according to ESPN, is known for his slashing ability and length, will likely play behind Saunders and rising junior sharpshooter Laurent Rivard.
Less than an hour after his commitment was publicly announced, Allen had already begun working toward bettering the Harvard class of 2017. The latest addition to the Crimson tweeted at prospects Malcolm and Marcus Allen—ranked the No. 5 and No. 6 prospects in the high school class of 2013 in the state of Nevada—“join us! #crimson.”
In a move that could spell the end of the Jeremy Lin era in New York, the Knicks have agreed to acquire veteran point guard Raymond Felton in a sign-and-trade deal with the Portland Trailblazers. The New York Post cited a source that said the trade ends New York’s pursuit of Lin, a restricted free agent, who plays the same position as Felton. According to the New York Times, a television reporter in South Carolina said that Felton had told him that the Knicks planned to let Lin walk away to the Houston Rockets, with whom the former Harvard standout has signed an offer sheet.
First team All-Ivy standout. Harvard basketball co-captain. Not selected in the NBA Draft. Dallas Mavericks summer league team.
Keith Wright ’12 continues to follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Lin ’10.
Jeremy Lin ’10 is in the news again. After leaving the USA Select Team to focus on his restricted free agency, the former Crimson guard visited the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Lin reportedly walked away from that meeting having signed an offer-sheet worth $30 million over the next four years. The deal would be worth a combined $10.2 million in the first two years and then $9.3 million each of the last two years.
This does not mean that Linsanity will be going to Houston though. Rather, it sets the table for the Knicks, who now have three days to match the Rockets’ offer, to keep Lin in New York.
Last week we reported that Jeremy Lin ’10 was nominated for an ESPY Award for “Breakout Athlete of the Year.” Today, despite his breakthrough performance, his future appears much less certain.
Lin, who had previously been named to the USA Select Team, will not be participating in the Team USA camp beginning July 6. This is because of Lin’s status as a restricted free agent, a status that will remain unchanged until Lin becomes eligible to be signed on July 11.