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High School Junior Jeremy Tyler Leaving School Early to Play Pro Ball in Europe

I was so shocked to read this story that I didn’t even know what to make of it. Jeremy Tyler is a high school junior in San Diego and he’s apparently decided that basketball is his future and it’s time to pursue that career. Tyler truly has his mind set on improving his game:

“Nowadays people look to college for more off-the-court stuff versus being in the gym and getting better,” Tyler said. “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.”

“It was boring and I wasn’t getting better,” Tyler said. “Each game was the same thing. I was getting triple-teamed and getting hacked. After each game I’d have scratches and bruises up and down my arms from getting triple-teamed. It just wasn’t for me.”

Now hang on a second, if the physical nature of the high school game wasn’t for him, how will pro ball be better? Because they’ll be cleaner? I respect his attitude that he doesn’t want to screw around in college and instead just play ball, but I still feel this is a terrible precedent to set. Even Brandon Jennings admitted it wasn’t all peaches the way he thought it would be. The younger you are the harder it is to deal with adult matters. This is a horrible trend for kids. A 17-year old going across seas to play pro ball? This is not good.


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  • SpinMax

    I suppose since many euro leagues have limits on how many americans you can have on a team it wouldn’t take much to install an 18age min.

  • http://ATT tammy

    I AM VERY HAPPY FOR THIS YOUNG MAN GOING ACROSS SEAS TO PLAY BALL. BECAUSE THE U.S.A WANT YOU TO GO TO COLLEGE FOR ABOUT TWO ARE THREE YEARS . ALOT OF KIDS IS NOT BLESS TO GO TO COLLEGE.

  • John Brown

    Regarding Tyler’s move to the European pros hoops leagues, early from high school? I say it’s about time! And I hope that a viable American pro basketball minor league will finally come to fruition.

    For too long, the myth/ruse of the upper-level, basketball-playing “student-athlete” has been the norm. It and the NCAA are a total joke. There’s never been any “student” in the equation. None at all for many decades at DIV I.

    These hoops kids (with few exceptions) have proven through their lack of graduation rates, drop-out rates, ineligibilty, etc. that they – and the culture that most come from – simply don’t care at all about a free college education. It’s all about the money through hoops. The future is all but forgotten. And almost none will ever return to schooling of any kind. Most will end up bankrupt. Those are the facts.

    However, if Tyler is successful in Europe and in the NBA, maybe we can prevent a few more of these “future would-be pros” from taking the place of legitimate, qualified students in college classrooms.

    Has it ever been more apparent that we need a minor league for pro basketball? And income for DIV I college sports be damned! They’ll be fine. They’d be finer if they’d adopt a “need-based” system like the Ivies but that’s another discussion.

    With the graduation (or lack thereof) rates of coaches like Lute Olsen, Gary Williams, Bob Hutchins. et al. well documented, isn’t it time to put the Tylers of the world where they belong by choice – on the courts of a good, professional minor league?

    And if Tyler gets injured or craps out? He made his bed. Let him and other “short-sighted folk” lie in it.

    John Brown