The final buzzer had sounded and most of the fans had already left Lavietes Pavilion. But a group remained, waiting outside the Harvard locker room for a chance to score some autographs from a team fresh off its first NCAA tournament win in program history.
One boy in the crowd wore a jersey that looked awfully familiar. It was the Crimson one with the No. 4 on the back—the one that’s been popping up in the stands at Harvard games ever since Cambridge caught a case of Linsanity.
Only this one didn’t have “Lin” on the back. The kid had taped over that part. Instead, he had scribbled a new name on the back: “Zena.”
And if Friday night’s intrasquad scrimmage at Lavietes Pavilion was any indication, you might just start seeing a few more of those in the coming years.
Harvard returns four starters from last year’s team that topped third-seeded New Mexico in the NCAA tournament, including First Team All Ivy selections Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders. Harvard has also added Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey to the mix, two guys that have already taken home All-Ivy honors in the past.
But on Friday night, Edosomwan stole the show.
Making his first appearance in his No. 4 Harvard uniform (the first player to wear No. 4 since Lin ’10) the highly touted rookie led all scorers with 16 points in one half of action.
“My teammates did a good job of giving me the ball in open spots,” said Edosomwan, who added a game-high five rebounds and shot six of nine from the field in 12 minutes off the bench.
Edosomwan did most of his damage around the basket, but the forward also knocked down a jumper from the free throw line and put the ball on the deck for two points on another occasion.
“Going into the game I was like, ‘OK, there’s one thing I can control: I can control how hard I play,’” said Edosomwan who said his head was “spinning” when he first checked into the game. “My teammates do a good job of just keeping me grounded. Continue reading “Crimson Madness”