HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Jeremy Lin has made a splash in the NBA, and those ripples can be felt here in the Mountain State.
With Twitter hashtags like #Linsanity, #Linning and #Linderella, the rags-to-riches story of the New York Knicks guard has exploded into a worldwide phenomenon with a local link.
The Knicks have won six consecutive games after Lin started logging significant minutes, perhaps salvaging the job of Coach Mike D'Antoni, a former Herd hoops star and native of Mullens.
Heck, Marshall men's basketball Coach Tom Herrion is showing interest.
Or, wait, is it #Linterest?
"It's become a phenomenon, so it's hard to not have an awareness of it," Herrion said. "I think it's great for sports in general and it's a great thing to talk about when you talk to kids.
"We talk about getting opportunities and he is a young man who has taken advantage of his."
D'Antoni's Knicks were 8-15 and a promising season looked lost when multiple issues surfaced and forced Lin into the lineup.
The second-year NBA player didn't have the skills deemed good enough for a draft selection, and two other NBA teams let him go without compensation.
The Knicks added Lin and then stuffed him on the end of the bench. He played a total of 54 minutes and 26 seconds all season before coming off the bench and scoring 25 points in a win over the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 4.
Lin has scored 196 points in six games and has at least 20 points and seven assists in each of those contests - all Knicks wins.
There are lessons here ... especially in perseverance and player evaluation.
"There's no science to this," Herrion said. "We all make mistakes. There are good players everywhere at every level. There are good players all over the country and not every kid gets noticed because of the proverbial rankings or AAU teams or whatever.
"Star ratings don't always matter the most."
According to Rivals.com, Lin didn't even generate a star rating out of Palo Alto (Calif.) High School in 2006. He starred at Harvard, but wasn't selected in the NBA Draft.
He seemed nothing more than pro basketball bench fodder, but obviously that did not derail his hoops plans.