NBA prospect Jeremy Tyler heading to Europe at age 17
Old 04-23-2009, 11:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Jeremy Tyler has decided to forgo his senior year of high school and turn pro.

Yes, high school.

This isn’t some sign of the sporting apocalypse or a teenager with an overvalued sense of worth. It’s a daring, trailblazing yet well-thought-out move that challenges the bizarre way America develops amateur basketball players.

Tyler is an agile 6-11, 260-pound San Diego native, the nation’s top player in the junior class who already committed to the University of Louisville. He’s as close to a can’t-miss NBA prospect as there is; a tantalizing mix of size, speed and smarts. Scouts project him to be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft, when he’s eligible under the NBA’s age requirements.

In the meantime, Jeremy Tyler’s options were to:

1. Spend the next year at his local school, San Diego High, where he faces quadruple teams and isn’t experiencing much development; or

2. Transfer to a basketball factory in some rural outpost back East which has a big-time team but resembles a traditional high school in name only; and then

3. Play college ball for a few months dealing with NCAA limitations on practice time and coaching contact while competing against many of the same guys he has the last few years.

All for free, of course.

Instead Jeremy and his father, James, who owns his own home improvement company and is about to open a family restaurant, surveyed the traditional route, decided it made little sense, and went looking for a new plan. They called retired sneaker executive and hoops deal maker Sonny Vaccaro and plotted a course for Europe.


One giant leap for Tyler - Yahoo! Sports
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good for him

I hope he gets to see some playing time in Europe, he'll be there for 2 years

The rule to enter the draft is one year removed from high school
does that still come into play when you haven't graduated?
or does he just have to be 19
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good for him

I hope he gets to see some playing time in Europe, he'll be there for 2 years

The rule to enter the draft is one year removed from high school
does that still come into play when you haven't graduated?
or does he just have to be 19
isn't it an age requirement? i think he has to be 20 by draft time...
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I find this pretty sad actually. Why not educate yourself when you have the chance?

Then we'll decide to reward people.

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I don't mind guys skipping college to go to Europe. They do deserve to get paid.

But when you don't even have a high school diploma to fall back on...
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why educate yourself when you can make $$$

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Old 04-23-2009, 12:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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No person is required to get an education; I think that if he thought this through carefully, he would take advantage of that opportunity, but he can probably make enough money in the next 2 years to pay for his education, whether it is simply a GED or if it's a degree in college.
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I find this pretty sad actually. Why not educate yourself when you have the chance?

Then we'll decide to reward people.

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One of the point of the article is that he wont get any education in college and that if he really wants to get one he will do anyway wherever he is.

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No person is required to get an education; I think that if he thought this through carefully, he would take advantage of that opportunity, but he can probably make enough money in the next 2 years to pay for his education, whether it is simply a GED or if it's a degree in college.
And that's what's sad, cause a GED is really only a grade 10 level.

Alot of guys have pissed their money away. He's got an opportunity to go to school and learn. Instead, he's focussing on one thing, basketball and HOPING it gets him the riches.
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It's unconstitutional that a guy can die for his country at 18 but cant play pro ball in his country.

Someone needs to challenge this in court. It's not the players fault that GMs overpay these unproven players.
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And that's what's sad, cause a GED is really only a grade 10 level.

Alot of guys have pissed their money away. He's got an opportunity to go to school and learn. Instead, he's focussing on one thing, basketball and HOPING it gets him the riches.

It's not like he can't go back to school if it doesn't work out. Even if he went to college, it seems like he's made up his mind on going to the NBA so what are the chances that he's going to stay all 4 years and complete his degree anyway? I think it's interesting that he's taking an unconventional route (or at least trying) to get to the NBA.
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I knew more and more players would follow Brandon Jennings. I just hope this guy gets some more PT in Europe
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if all fails, he can work for his dad.

i'm all for university

but

why don't hockey players receive any criticism for joining the ohl instead of NCAA teams? i'd really like to know what percentage of players have any post-secondary education.
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Taking basketweaving 101 at Louisville would be a waste of his time anyway.
Europe could be an amazing experience for him and make him a better player. 17 is around the age that elite European players enter the professional ranks and no one complains about that in North America.
I like that his father is running the show and not some slimeball college recruiter or AAU coach. Good for them.
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i don't know dann, i grew up next to a professional basket weaver and textiles artist. she had a huge talent. you never know... maybe jeremy tyler is the next basket-rembrandt!
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Maybe, 'trane. He does need a career to fall back on if this whole crazy "professional basketball player" idea doesn't work out.
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I find this pretty sad actually. Why not educate yourself when you have the chance?

Then we'll decide to reward people.

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education?
what education?
you really think his one year in university taking "golf course management" will do him anything?
this guy was poised to bolt for the draft as soon as he had the chance.

this whole issue of people getting upset with these players for leaving college and passing on an education is a crock.
if you're lucky enough to play basketball for money, then go for it.
an education has nothing to do with players pissing their money away... it all revolves around the people who surround the player and their families... not whether they went to college for a year or two.

put it this way (in a non basketball related way)...
lets say you were incredible at programming. at the age of 17 microsoft offers you a full time job to be a project program designer (or something ridiculous) and offers you $500,000 a year.
would you do it? or would you finish school instead?
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That has led to a push of young stars in college basketball for one year, even if their commitment to being a “student-athlete” is often dubious. To be eligible for a season, a kid needs to earn just two D’s in the fall semester. He can fail, or not even show up for, every other class his freshman year and drop out immediately after the season.

Jeremy Tyler insists he’s on solid academic ground and isn’t going to Europe to avoid school work. The family informed Cardinals coach Rick Pitino about the decision.

“Education will always be there,” Jeremy said. “It doesn’t matter if I get it now or in three years. I can always go back. I’ll always have that to fall back on. I want to have a degree in business management.”

“Give me the day Harvard is going to close and then I’ll reconsider,” said James, who attended Mississippi Valley State but didn’t graduate. “He can always go back to school. It’s all learning. How is living in Europe not a learning experience?”
Two Ds dont sound like education at all. It sounds like he will get a much better education if he does the second thing.

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“Give me the day Harvard is going to close and then I’ll reconsider”

thats a great line
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Goran Ivanisevic Croatian former tennis star hardly finished high school or even didn`t, and he has a father who is teaching on university. Havent seen him strugling due to not haveing any school
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