Beneath the hype of ESPN features and Around the Horn shout-outs, this is what celebrity looks like:
Wake up. Go to the gym. Train with former NBA head coach Bob Hill. Hit the weight room. Head back to the gym. Shoot roughly 500 jumpers. Repeat for six days. Even God rested on the seventh day, but this is gameday in the San Francisco Bay Area ProCity Summer League. Suit up for the South Bay Spartans.
The ideal 2009-10 season for Harvard men’s basketball would involve continued progress towards the team’s the ultimate goal of wearing the Ivy crown.
But for three particular Crimson players, it’s about something else, too. It’s about the comeback.
A talented, lightning-quick point guard on Harvard women’s basketball. A beauty-pageant winner, community spokesperson, and role model in Los Angeles. These seem to be descriptions of two individuals with two very different lives. Well, not this time.
Junior Lindsay Louie is likely the only Harvard student who can inspire and teach cultural values to multiple groups of kids in her hometown of Los Angeles, Calif., then hop on a plane and break the ankles of dozens more back in Massachusetts—all in a span of 36 hours. And she does it fairly regularly.
The future of Crimson men’s basketball has arrived.
Though last year’s group of freshmen—Harvard coach Tommy Amaker’s first recruiting class—came in with numerous accolades and high expectations, they did not overwhelm the competition. Battling injuries and illnesses that limited their effectiveness, the rookies turned in a solid, rather than spectacular, first season. Capitalizing on the Harvard brand name, Amaker and his staff outdid themselves with another high-quality batch of recruits. The members of the class of 2013 will make an immediate impact this season, not to mention form a sound nucleus for the next four years in Cambridge. “It was a good recruiting class,” says Dave Telep, the Scout.com national recruiting director. “I think every one of those guys has the capacity to contribute early.”
Few freshmen are given the responsibility of handling the ball with the game on the line. Even fewer freshmen take the last-second shot for their team. But Brogan Berry wasn’t just any freshman.
Against Dartmouth on January 10, Berry lit up the floor, knocking down 20 points in the first Ivy League game of her career. But the then-rookie’s turnover on the final possession rendered the occasion sour.