Jeremy Tyler going to Euopre to play basketball is giving the finger to David Stern…

April 24, 2009

…and I am not just okay with it, but glad someone had the ability to stick up for themselves.

Its not just the players, its the cheerleaders too!

Its not just the players, its the cheerleaders too!

The age requirement is a racist piece of propaganda thrown on America and basketball fans by David Stern.  I wont go into the fact that other sports allow players to be drafted early,  but basketball and football lag behind. Chris Lawlor reports this story on

Now that Jeremy Tyler has fired his salvo, what’s next?

If you ask Sonny Vaccaro, the grassroots basketball guru, he’ll give you an earful.

It was Vaccaro, a longtime proponent of free enterprise for qualified, gifted teenagers, who helped the 6-foot-11 Tyler navigate the roiling waters en route to a professional career abroad.

Tyler, a junior who recently completed a tumultuous season at San Diego High School in California, announced earlier this week that he’ll bypass his final year of high school eligibility and college to pursue a pro career, likely in Europe.

“What’s he going to learn in high school? Going to a club team in say, Europe, would do him good,” Vaccaro said. “I’m ecstatic for Jeremy and his family. They are unified on this decision.”

I am glad that his parents are behind him in this decision.  Sorry makes all the arguments that you need to hear.  He is a genetic freak of nature.  If I could program computers better than anyone else, Apple, IBM/Lenovo, Cisco, Sun would all be in a bidding war to hire me, regardless of my age.  It is about skill.  Plus, why do we need to protect owners from themselves.  If they thingk that the player is not ready, there is a simple solution… DO NOT DRAFT HIM!

Tyler, the No. 7-rated player in the ESPNU Super 60 and one who committed to Louisville over Arizona, UCLA, North Carolina and USC, is a work in progress, but has a tremendous upside, according to his Scouts Inc. assessment. “Overall, [Jeremy] Tyler is an enormous talent that should project to the NBA level, but that all depends on him and being consistent in both effort and skill development,” Scouts Inc. wrote.

If I got a report like this, why waste time in HS being guarded by someone who is 6’4 or 6’5?  He needs to play against superior competition to improve his stock.

Okay, what happens if he fails/washes out/gets injured?

There are a few options.  1) Get a Lloyds of London type insurance policy. They insure almost everything.  2) You are getting a guaranteed contract from the European club.  You are going to make a million dollars at least in those two years.  Manage your money.  Going to class at school or college could get him hurt in a game.  This way, he is getting paid for it.

What about college?   He won’t have an education!

A lot of people do not go to college and are better off for it.  Quit perpetrating the  American dream ideology.  College is just not for everyone.  People need to find what they are good at, and what they enjoy.  This kid likes basketball, has a genetic predisposition for the game ( He is tall… 6’11, but I really bet he is 6’9 which is still very tall)

Plus, if he wants to go to college, he can either have his representation ask for that in the contract ( baseball players get it all the time for the team to pay for education…USA education stinks, need I remind you that, in Europe, they are kicking our behinds) or he is going to have enough loot to pay for it himself.

This is not even diving into the cultural aspect of it all.  He will be in Europe, living the life and learning how to become an adult.

And now with Brandon Jennings, we have a test case that worked…

Tyler is not the first player whom Vaccaro has advised. Last year guard Brandon Jennings of Compton, Calif., consulted with Vaccaro before heading to a pro career in Italy’s top-flight league. Jennings is considered a surefire lottery pick and is eligible for this year’s NBA draft.

Sonny Vaccaro is the godfather of the basketball advising.  He has been with most of the powerhouse athletic companies like Nike,  and he has all the connections to make it work.

As a junior, Tyler averaged 28.7 points for a team that underachieved, going 15-11. The season of discontent was marred when two San Diego High assistants were fired for their roles in an attempt to lure three key transfers to surround Tyler with talent. Eventually the three were ruled ineligible, leaving San Diego High void of talent.

So, the team that he plays for depends on him.  He has no talent around him and for that reason, the coaches attempted to recruit other talent.  While that works in college, not so much in HS.  The coach cheated to get others around him.  That is a problem that should be dealt with.  The creation of the faux-prep school is just another way of creating a basketball factory like Oak Hill and now Findley Prep. This is another reason to allow players to go straight to the NBA and support this (players going across the pond) happening.  If the players do not want to be in school, you should not force the.

Sonny Vaccaro

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Sonny Vaccaro has advised many budding pro players.

Tyler, 17, has been home schooled for the past month and intends to earn a high school diploma through correspondence classes.

“No question he’ll earn his diploma through GED,” said Vaccaro.

In 1998, coach Kevin Boyle of St. Patrick High (Elizabeth, N.J.) dealt with Al Harrington bypassing college for the NBA. When Boyle was reassured Harrington would go in the first round (he was selected by the Indiana Pacers), he made sure his star pupil earned his diploma.

“It’s a personal decision,” Boyle said. “After you get your diploma, you do what’s right for your family.”

However, Boyle thinks Tyler’s situation is “highly unique.”

“It’ll be interesting if European teams come after American junior or sophomore players who are special,” he said. “If they do, teams would have the players for two or three years and perhaps develop a relationship with them to keep them around longer.”

Azzam doesn’t feel Tyler’s decision will become a trend.

“This is a case-to-case basis,” he said.

So the kid will be going to class, getting his GED.  That is all he really needs.  if he wants some college later, he can get that.  You can go to college anywhere in the world with your computer.  I really hope that he does it and gives David Stern a big…

Sincerely, Dirk Nowitzki age 5

Sincerely, Dirk Nowitzki age 5

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