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9 NBA Players Who Went to Ivy League Schools

This slideshow brings together NBA players who went to Ivy League schools. This list recalls such players as Jerome Allen, who went on to teach at his alum school, Pennsylvania, Matt Maloney, James Blackwell, and Ira Bowman. These players are few and far between. Most Ivy League schools focus much more of their attention towards classroom studies as opposed to sports, but that doesn't stop some special few from hitting the court. 

How many NBA players went to an Ivy League school? How many currently active players attended an Ivy League school? Jeremy Lin is the answer to that question, having come up from Harvard University. He played for Harvard's team from 2006 to 2010. He was drafted shortly afterwards, after a stint playing in the summer league for the Mavericks. Lin currently plays for the New York Knicks where he averages 25 points per game.

 A different question is raised when one views the infrequency of basketball players drafted from Ivy League schools--how funded are Ivy league sports programs? Do Ivy League colleges give athletic scholarships? Does the lack of attention paid to sports in these school lead to a "quality not quantity" outcome and ideal? Don't hesitate to chare your thoughts in the comments below.
  • Lin attended Harvard and was drafted in 2010. He has played for the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and New York Knicks
    • Position: Point guard
    • Age: 33
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
    • Teams: New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks

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  • Jerome Allen

    Allen attended Pennsylvania University and was drafted into the NBA in 1995. He has played for the Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Ira Bowman

    Bowman attended Pennsylvania University and was drafted in 1996. He has played for the Atlanta Hawks and the Philadelphia 76ers.

    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers
  • James Blackwell

    Blackwell attended Dartmouth and was drafted in 1991. He has played for the Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats.

    • Age: 50
    • Teams: Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets