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Monday, July 9, 2012

John J. Lee: Ivy League's Sports Illustrated cover boy

Last February, former Harvard standout Jeremy Lin was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, once again bringing Ivy League basketball into the spotlight.

The first man to do so was Yale’s John J. Lee on Jan. 21, 1957.

Labeled by the sports magazine as the “next great Ivy League scholar-athlete,” the 6-foot-3 forward is one of only two Yale players to score 40 or more points in a game. No Bulldog has reached the 40-point plateau since Lee did it against the rival Crimson in 1958.

Read Bill Cloutier's complete story.

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