Reports: Tyler to skip senior year
Jeremy Tyler, a 6-foot-11 junior, has dropped out of San Diego High School and says he will skip his senior year to play professionally in Europe, The New York Times and Yahoo! Sports reported on Wednesday.
Scouts Inc.'s take
Jeremy Tyler had the most potential of any big man in the 2010 class. He was rated as the nation's No. 6 junior, but that mostly had to do with his inconsistent production. At 6-9, he controls the paint on both ends of the court. He reminds us of a more athletic version of Elton Brand, but Tyler needs to develop Brand's killer instinct.
-- Scouts Inc.
• Recruiting index | 2010 player rankings
Tyler, 17, will become the first player born in the United States to leave high school early to play professional basketball overseas. He is expected to come back in two years, when he is eligible for the NBA draft.
Tyler had made a verbal commitment to Louisville. He has not signed with an agent or a professional team, but he probably will play in Spain, the Times reported, although clubs from other European leagues are showing interest.
"Nowadays people look to college for more off-the-court stuff versus being in the gym and getting better," Tyler told the Times. "If you're really focused on getting better, you go play pro somewhere. Pro guys will get you way better than playing against college guys."
Point guard Brandon Jennings, a Los Angeles native, graduated last year from Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and became the first high school grad to skip college and play pro ball in Europe. He is wrapping up his first season with Lottomatica Virtus Roma in Italy. Jennings is projected as a high pick in June's NBA draft.
The New Prep To Pro?
Jeremy Tyler's decision to forego his senior year of high school to play professional basketball overseas is the latest in a growing trend of players navigating new roads to the NBA. Tyler follows superprep Brandon Jennings, who decided to play for an Italian pro team instead after graduating from high school.
Jeremy Tyler// Reports: Tyler to skip senior year
// Lawlor: The new prep to pro?
// California coaches, players weigh in
// The Magazine: More will follow
// Audio: Mike and Mike on Tyler
// Gottlieb-Fraschilla: A good choice?
// Morales: Tyler will find success in Europe.
Brandon Jennings// Lawyer says Jennings heading for Europe
// The Magazine: Exchange student
// Video: A day in the life of Jennings in Italy
BOYS' BASKETBALL RANKINGS
|Rank||School (City, State)||Rec|
|1||Oak Hill Academy|
Mouth of Wilson, VA
Jersey City, NJ
Flower Mound, TX
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