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Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Posted on: April 22, 2009 9:55 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2009 10:33 pm

Jeremy Tyler isn't just skipping college.

He's skipping his senior year of high school, too.

“This is what I want to do,” Tyler, a Class of 2010 star, told the New York Times on Wednesday while announcing his intention to play professionally in Europe next season. “It will help me get better and grow up.”

Tyler, 17, was committed to play at Louisville in 2010-2011. But now the 6-11 center is set to spend the next two years in Europe (Spain, perhaps) developing and earning an expected six-figure salary before entering the NBA Draft in 2011, which seems to be the first year Tyler would be eligible to be selected because of the NBA's controversial age-limit rule. Assuming he follows through on his announcement, Tyler will become the first American-born player to leave high school early to play professionally overseas. He'll be the second high-profile prospect to choose Europe in as many years -- joining Arizona signee Brandon Jennings, who just completed a season in Italy in which he reportedly made $1.2 million thanks to a basketball contract and endorsement deal. rates Tyler as the seventh-best prospect in the Class of 2010.

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Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2009 6:12 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe


he could have gotten a free education too!!!!


An extremely ignorant statement.  If he goes to Europe and make $1.2M and happens to break a leg, he will still have enough money for a free education plus over $1M left over.  Anyone who says this is a bad decision really has no argument.  Yea he can break his leg while playing Europe.  What if he breaks his leg senior year of high school?  Scholarship gone and he is left with NOTHING.  Maybe not even enough money to go to college.  Same thing happens if he breaks is leg freshman year in college.  His scholarship could be taken away and once again left with NOTHING.  It seems that everybody's arguement against this is that he could get hurt which just doesn't make sense.  You have to look at it both ways.  He is in a MUCH better situation if he gets injured if he has an extra $1.2M on the side.  Look at it this way.

He stays in high school and goes to UL for a year.  Worst case scenario: he breaks his leg in high school or college, has his scolarship taken away, and doesn't have enough money to finish college.  No diploma, no money, stuck in a bad situation.  Best case scenario: Gets through college and is a high draft pick who makes millions. Now let's say he goes to Europe.  Worst case scenario: he breaks his leg but still has $1.2M.  Goes back to high school to get his degree and uses the money to go to college.  Can even buy a house, car, and anything else essential to him, all while still have probablly half a million left over.  He is in a great situation out of college where he can probablly get a good job and has great financial stability with a high net worth.  Best case scenario: Gets through Euroball and is a high draft pick who makes millions.

Going to Europe definately makes the most sense and is a lot less riskier.  As a previous poster pointed out, the money he can make while in Europe is as much money as many people make in about 25 years.  I think a lot of people are just angry because he is making a mockery of college ball by skipping it to go to Europe and/or because, like I said, a 17 year old will be making the amount of money it takes many people 25 years to make.  Which some people may think isn't right for a young kid to make that much.




Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2009 2:46 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Well let me just say as a uofl fan its not a big deal because he wasnt coming until 2010-2011, but still he was rated 5th in the 2010 class. To a certain extant kids like this have too much of a "me" attitude and in my opinion if Uofl is ever going to win another title in the future its going to come with recruiting kids who have a team first attitude. Look at Florida they won in 06 and all decided to come back and win another as a "Team" and North Carolina this year , all those guys could have jumped NBA the summer before but they came back and won as a team . This kid was most likely a one an done player and Rick gambled with him but for him to not even FINISH high school well that's a NEW ONE FOR SURE!!!!!!

Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2009 2:43 pm
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Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2009 2:04 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Given that Tyler was heavily recruited by Stanford, I suspect he's just fine "upstairs."  Brandon Jennings hasn't hurt his draft stock at all in Europe, he's still a consensus top 10.  Tyler is going to be 18 years old in June (the same age as many college Freshmen)... that makes him a grown up who can make his own decisions.  Do I think he should finish high school? Yes, but may be he IS going to finish high school. I have no idea what his academic plans are, and neither do any of you.  He can get a tutor, do it during the off season, take the GED test, there are lots of options.  Nobody seems to freak out when 17 and 18 year olds leave school to join the army.  This seems like a far less stupid decision than joining the army.


Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2009 1:27 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

I'm sorry, but I fail to see what exactly is so stupid about this kid foregoing his last year of high school and then college to go play professionally in Europe.  Yes, as many have mentioned, he could blow out his knee and/or he could be substantially overhyped which could short circuit any career he might have in the NBA.  But, above all of this is the chance to make a substantial sum of money to provide for not only himself, but for his family.  If he's smart and manages to have any NBA career whatsoever, he shouldn't need to worry about money ever again.  It's very easy to say that these kids should complete high school and even college, but it doesn't take into account their financial situation nor in this kid's case, what may be his only chance to make big money playing ball professionally.  I love how we criticize these kids for trying to make money, meanwhile fans worship coaches that get paid millions per season for their services.  I know many would say that they're getting an education in exchange, but let's face it, does a college degree in anyway compare to the revenue these kids are generating in college for their coach, their school, and their conference?  To me, it's not even close.  There is tons of money in college sports today, particularly football and basketball, and yet none of it goes to the people on the field playing the game.  Maybe we should ask Calipari (et al) if he would coach for four years in exchange for an advanced degree at Kentucky.  Somehow I think he'll politely decline.


Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2009 12:44 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Stop hating, this guy can always go back to get his diploma. Not saying I agree, but I understand him. Can you HONESTLY tell me that if you were a 11th grader, and a corperation offered you a chance to make, say, 350,000 dollars a year, you wouldnt walk straight out of class and never be heard from again? What job that pays that much does high school prepare you for? Welfare? with a signing bonus and money assured? If he smokes crack maybe.Im gonna assume you didnt think about this before you posted, but If you still dont understand what im trying to tell you, then he isnt the only one who needs to go and further his education.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2009 12:30 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Also, who knows if this kid isn't going to finish his schoooling whille playing ball in Spain. I spent my last year of high school in Germany and in the process learned a second language. I think this is a great opportunity. I would rather give a scholarship to someone who needs it and isn't going to be some one and done player who takes billards and other dummy classes. I think what the NBA needs to do is follow the lead of major league baseball and their minor league system.  

Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2009 12:22 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

u need to get a glass of water, and pour out that hatorade you're sippin on. 

Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2009 12:12 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Since when did a HS degree really mean anything?  This is about education and growth and living in Europe is an invaluable experience.  I do feel that he may be missing out on just being a kid, but he probably lost out on that when it became clear he was going to be a sports phenom.  

I am also all for completely blowing up the entire college sports paradigm since it really is all about promoting a business model in the name of College athletics.  
This kid is just deciding to put money in his own pocket rather than in the coiffures of the athletic department and university endowment and image machine.

Whats not to like about his decision? 

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2009 12:06 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

If this means that The Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus must stop making music 'till they graduate,...I'm all for it.

Everyone who is whining about the fact that he's had it with being triple-teamed and hacked all day,...please shut up.  The kid is trying to get better and become an NBA legend, not a good college player.  A good friend of mine (waaaay back in the day) hit .550 his junior year of high school with a dozen bombs.  Guess how many he hit our senior year,...3.  Guess how many good pitches he saw,...about 5.  The point is that when kids change the fundamentals of the game (i.e. not give you anything to hit or make it virtually impossible to manuver on the court) because someone is TOO dominant, it starts to suck.  The kid can't "do what he do."

Bottom line is that if he goes to Spain, he'll be able to shuttle back and forth from the A squad to the B squad for the right mix of getting playing time and getting schooled by more mentally and physically mature players.

I would have LOVED to see Jeremy Tyler stay in high school and go to SDSU for a year but I have no say in this,...nor do you.

Someone hit it on the head earlier, he's doing it for himself and his family.  He owes you NOTHING.  He owes Rick Petino NOTHING.  If he wants to sign a deal and ends up getting hurt and flushing everything down the toilet,...that's his bad.

Carry on.

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