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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: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2009 12:07 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

1 spot in the draft isn't going to make much of a difference in the long term. Rubio was always going to be the first PG taken if he declared.

Instead, Jennings gained a years experience in a professional league, enjoyed a year overseas earning a huge salary whilst most people his age would have to pay to experience Italy for a year. Has it made him a batter player than a year at Arizona? It's hard to tell, since he hasn't been playing a great deal in Europe. But thats not his fault - Rubio only plays 20mins a game for his team. I did read an article on ESPN the Magazine a while ago suggesting he felt he was learning a lot.

Ultimately I think Jennings made the right decision for him. It might not be the right decision for all players, and it certainly wasn't for Arizona, but that doesn't mean no other player should do it.


As to Tyler, similar thing. Maybe he will attend school in Europe; don't forget Rubio has been pro since he was 14. And I'm sure the parents are doing what they think is best for their kid. This is just a byproduct of a bad system; 1 year of college does nothing academically for anyone, and for a lot of these top players does little the nba wouldn't for them skill wise. The NBA should get rid of its limit.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2009 11:59 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe


One other item to add...he will be able to have an agent right away and if that agent is smart they will purchase an insurance policy before stepping onto the court in Europe if he is a projected first round pick for his draft entry year.  I know in Memphis that D-Wash and Shawne Williams had a multi-million dollar policy if they were hurt they had compensation for lost future wages.

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 11:59 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Sonny Vaccaro strikes again, talking kids into becoming HS drop outs . I'm a UK fan so I like to see UL get hurt, but it's a bad trend to start. I hate to say this, but I almost wish Sonny would just die already.  

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2009 11:47 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Guess what sstrohm...

Before he went to Europe he was hands down THE BEST PLAYER in his recruiting class and now he is #2.  Last time I checked being #1 was better than #2 and not an improvement.  While DeRozan was playing well down the stretch, helping his team to a Pac-10 tourney title while increasing his draft stock, Jennings was whining about how tough Europe is.


Since: Jun 27, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 11:41 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

This has nothing to do with Cal. It has to do with what I think of a kid whom I think is making a mistake. I say at least graduate before you go to the Euro League and play. Sure he can always get his GED, but why quit now. If this were my child I would be totally against this, and I would not let this happen (if this were my child). I don't have anything personal with the one and done's, I just don't like it. I glad Louisville doesn't get all these McD's All-Americans. It seems these kids only car about money. I'll take the kids who are not all world who like to work for their chance at the NBA. So you calling anybody a hypocrite is just dumb. Some of us who experienced the college experiment just want the kids to make decision not based on how dollars are invovled.


Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2009 11:32 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Oh yea Brandon Jennings totally made a bad decision.  He is only projected to go 7th in the draft by even with Ricky Rubio figured in.  Only one player is his class (current freshman) is projected ahead of him.  That is Demar DeRozan at 6.  Guess how many other players in his class are projected as lottery picks.  Zero!  If anything Tyler is looking at Jennings as a reason he should go to Europe.

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2009 11:20 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Brandon Jennings, who actually finished high school and was hands down the best senior coming out of high school struggled mightily in Europe this past year.  What makes this kid think he will have any more success, except some vulture squaking in his ear because he reaps a percentage of his 6 figure salary.

The fact that he took bumps and bruises in high school is noting short of laughable...  The only thing he will be studying is the floor when he keeps getting his arse knocked on it by some European big men. 

It may make him a better player in the end but what ever happened to having a little patience and trying to enjoy life a little while he is young.  Jennings wasn't that smart up top and really struggled with learning Italian.  My guess is that based on this decision this kid can't be much more intelligent than Jennings and more than likely would have struggled with the SAT's as well.  How will he learn the language? That is unless he is joining the stellar English Basketball League...


Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 11:19 pm

Class of 2010 dumba$$ headed to Europe


 wow what is this kid thinking?


Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 11:13 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

That is a poorly thought and even more poorly argued point. If he signs a contract, worth a couple hundred thousand, and he does blow out his knee, he has more than enough to go back to school. Who are you to judge his plans? It seems he and his father have thought out this move (There is an exceptional article on Yahoo Sports! about that), and it really seems like he is making this move rationally and with good motive. The fact that you are judging kids on decisions on their lives makes me sick. This country is about freedom and opportunity and he found a good one and took it. Maybe you should look up the facts before you make such hasty and irrational judgments about people. That is just like me saying that you're probably some fat middle aged guy that drinks beer in a La-Z-Boy on Sunday, while he works as a middle-class mill worker who spends his bonus check on a bigger flat-screen. Is it true? No, but I didn't really work to get the facts did I? Think about it.



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2009 11:11 pm

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Stern it is time to say players need to finish high school first.  I expect David Stern to call me tomorrow morning and thank me for my genius idea.  

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