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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.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2009 11:56 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Yippee....I get to call another possible pro athlete an uneducated fool!!!!  It is really bad that the first thing I think is whether or not this kid wll be able to survive if he breaks his leg.  Oh, I forgot....he has daddy to take care of him.  That makes him fortunate.  Unfortunately, this kid isn't Lebron James or Kevin Garnett so it will be just another waste of possible talent that could have been refined while at Louisville, and guess what....he could have gotten a free education too!!!!  What an idiot.  One more reason to hate pro basketball!!


Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2009 11:38 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

 I am a UL fan and I have no problem with this.  Basketball is a profession just like any other.  If some 14 year old genius said that he had had the key to preventing further global warming and could prove it..dont you think he would get paid?  I realize that players skipping college is detrimental to NCAA BB and its revenues but nobody should have the right to restrict your ability to earn a living.  That is just wrong.  Besides, we all know this rule was not put in place to protect the kids.

The fact is that NCAA rules regarding what student atheletes are allowed are too strict.  As an example,, when I was in college, I was in the computer lab and one of the mens basketball players was in there with his tudor.  The player asked his tudor for change for the copy machine.  The tudor said he had the money but could not give it to him because it would be a violation of NCAA rules.  Are you kidding me!! Its not like he was going to go spend the money on a car or a chain or something, it was for a class assignment.

I am of the belief that student atheletes should somehow share in revenues that they help bring in.  Raise the stypen, do something.  A free ride to college is no longer enticing because there is money to be made elsewhere  The truth is, most kids with a suspected bright future would rather sit on the bench and make a million in the pros than be responsible for going to class and playing in college.  Can you blame them?  Really?

As for Tyler not coming to Louisville, great.  If you dont want to be there, we do not want you there.  This reminds me of Sebastian Telfair, look what happened to him.


Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2009 11:38 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

why are all these people getting their panties in a bunch b/c some teenager wants to earn more money than I'll make in a decade playing basketball in Europe.  Maybe it sucks for him over there but maybe it sucks for him over here right now.  maybe he's not good in school and doesn't want to deal with an admissions process.  maybe he doesn't want to go to Louisville b/c his coach is a mafia don and a complete fraud and the program is about to be smeared with allegations and NCAA violations.

whatever the case is it is his decision and maybe he's better off following the standard path but how many guys follow that path only to go no where? 

Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2009 11:35 am

I don't understand all the angry people

Seriously, do you think this guy is getting education in high school currently?  Ditto for college. 

I really do not think he will miss out on anything by not staying in the US.  And assuming that he got injured two years from now, as some suggest, if he leaves for Eruope, he banks a couple of million dollars to ensure some stability for him and his parents.  If he stays in high school and attends college for a year and gets injured, then he has NOTHING.  No money and no education.  Attending a few classes to meet eligibility requirements does not guarantee you an education or the ability to find a decent job you can support your family with.

I LOVE college basketball and am sad to see the quality decline with all these athletes jumping to the pros, but I really can't fault someone for trying to support their family.  After all, baseball and hockey have very similar dynamics and those guys don't even make as much money before reaching the majors as this kid is about to in Spain.


Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2009 10:17 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

 Sounds to me like there are a bunch of haters out there. Let this kid live his own life and just hope it works out for him. There's no reason anyone should hope that he fails. He is just trying to live his life the way everybody else wants to live their life. If he regrets the decision later down the road then that's on him and doesn't affect anyone but him and his people. So long as he is happy with what he is doing then it doesn't matter what others think. I will also say I graduated high school a year early and instead of going to college with a full ride I chose the military because that's what I wanted to do. My parents at the time were not on board with that decision but they accepted it and helped me any way they could to make sure I had the best opprotunity to advance. Later down the road I wished I would have taken the full ride as it turns out i didn't like being in the military but it was still my decision to go and as much as i regretted it once I was out I still don't know that I wouldn't make the same decision it was definately one of those life changing experiences but atleast it was MY decision. Good Luck to you kid.



Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2009 9:54 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

"Are you serious?  You can't handle playing against teenagers, but you're going to be able to bang with 25 year-old males?"


NO JOKE! If you can't handle getting triple-teamed by 16 year olds then how are you going to handle it when a grown 28 year old man swats your weak lay-up attempt into the seats and knocks you flat on you a$$ at the same time? You can ask Brandon Jennings how much he hated it over in Europe. Stay in school kid!

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2009 9:40 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Your reasoning is flawwed.  You're attempting to compare a kid IN college wanted to FURTHER his or her education by studying abroad to a kid who is QUITTING high school to play basketball?

God help you.


Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2009 9:34 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

 I have to agree, sports today are more of a business than ever. People will always follow the money. Heck as little as 20-30 years ago pro athletes were not making these somewhat outlandish salaries so college seemed the way to go as a backup. Now it is a fight between the traditionalists and the realists. I love college basketball above all sports, but considering only 60-70 players go to the NBA every year, some european I really think there will be plenty left to go to college. The age rule was put into place due to the whining of college coaches and the fact that college bball is a moneymaker itself, just not for the players. Why do most of us go to school, to make money. Why do most people become lawyers or doctors or get an MBA, to make money. Education is money and power for most, some are in it for other reasons but most for these reasons, unabashedly. No kid, if he has the gift, should be ashamed for using that gift to cash in. That is the promise and the foundation of this society, use your gifts to the fullest degree and you will find success.  

Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2009 9:04 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

People continue to amaze me with their comments ... Think a little before posting please ... If the kid gets guaranteed money, it won't matter if he gets injured or not ... Jennings made $1.2 million in one year ... Think about that ... How long would it take someone with a college degree to make $1.2 million in today's economy?  Even if you come straight out of college making $50k a year, that would be ... drumroll ... 24 years of salary.  European teams generally give you free housing, transportation and meals as well.  So you're banking the money. Even if this kid only got $500,000 guaranteed ... Again, that's about 10 years salary for someone who makes $50k ... Which, let's be honest, many people do not make.


Let's think a little bit people.  Please.

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2009 8:39 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

 Are U serious? Really?......He makes you sick because he made a decision based on what he felt was best for HIM!!!! Not YOU!!!!!  He owes YOU, Louisville or anyone else anything!!!!!!  This is a very smart move by this kid and his family if it works our for him. Either way he will have to earn his way by his skill anyway. Sure he could blow out a knee but he could do that at Louisville. I've seen many not so touted kids get injured in sports and have the school take their scholarships away. You have no idea what the kid's situation is at this point. What's so different from kids in Canada and Europe who do EVEN ATTEND SCHOOL !!!!!!!They leave their homes at early ages to attend "HOCKEY ACADEMIES".....many don't earn HS diplomas and roll the dice just like this kid. It is because they are white and play hockey that it isn't even discussed? is it because this kid maybe black and plays basketball?  and to say that this kid will end up on welfare is a testament to your character're nothing more than another blowhard lacking complete insight. Be careful sir......YOU HYPROCRACY is showing.

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