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Report from Wall St Journal on guy who predicted Lin breakout...

...almost 2 years ago. He's a truck driver and stats wonk who looked at various things. He's like SnP, in that he's building his own stats to rate NCAA players. With some success. He likes a couple of guys in this draft class as potential surprises: Tony Mitchell of North Texas, and Jae Crowder at Marquette.

A short pull from the article:

" In May 2010, an unsung numbers hobbyist named Ed Weiland wrote a long-term forecast of Jeremy Lin for the basketball website Hoops Analyst. At the time, Lin was a lightly regarded, semi-known point guard who had completed his final season at Harvard. But Weiland saw NBA material. He emphasized how well Lin played in three nonconference games against big schools: Connecticut, Boston College and Georgetown. He noted how Lin's performance in two unsexy statistical categories—two-point field-goal percentage (a barometer of inside scoring ability) and RSB40 (rebounds, steals and blocks per 40 minutes) compared favorably with college numbers put up by marquee point guards.... Weiland concluded that Lin had to improve on his passing and leadership..., but argued that if he did, "Jeremy Lin is a good enough player to start in the NBA and possibly star.""

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/bf4FF?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nba



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