Maybe Brandon Jennings started a trend…Jeremy Tyler is skipping his senior year to play for Maccabi

August 13, 2009

Maybe you should see him before you judge him.  We allow golfers to go early and the Williams sisters went early.  Why not Jeremy Tyler?

Jeremy Tyler signs with Maccabi Haifa

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer Aug 13, 12:33 am EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP)—Jeremy Tyler completed his jump from high school underclassman to pro basketball player on Wednesday when he signed a one-year, $140,000 contract with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Premier League.

Tyler, 18, is the first American-born player to leave high school early to play basketball professionally overseas. The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Tyler announced in the spring that he was skipping his senior season at San Diego High because prep basketball had become boring.

“I think I made the right decision,” Tyler told The Associated Press on Wednesday evening. “I think this team is a good fit for me and it’s the right country.”

Tyler averaged 28.7 points during his junior season.

“I feel good. I feel blessed,” he said. “I got past the easy part. Now the hard part is to perform and show the world I got a contract for a reason. Now I can play against grown men.”

Do you even know where your high school diploma is?

Do you even know where your high school diploma is?

There always has to be a first.  Going to Europe and getting paid is a smart idea.  How many guarantees to you have in life?  He is not guaranteed a career in the NBA, no matter how much talent he has.  It’s time to maximize on your skills NOW!

No guarantee of the NBA checks coming in....get money...

No guarantee of the NBA checks coming in....get money...

Tyler’s agent, former NBA point guard B.J. Armstrong, said several offers were carefully considered.

“It’s a huge step for him and his family and the things he’s about to get into,” Armstrong said. “The basketball will be the easiest part in this equation. Now he’s got to get things adjusted off the court to what a professional does, how he lives. It’ll be a challenge. The rest will take care of itself.”

Better to learn this lesson now, when the checks are coming in, then later, when you think that you are entitled, since people in college will be catering to your every needs.

Do you think that LeBron knew him before or after college..Wait, LBJ DIDNT GO!  But, World Wide Wes has his hands in all pots...

Do you think that LeBron knew him before or after college..Wait, LBJ DIDN'T GO! But, World Wide Wes has his hands in all pots...

Sonny Vaccaro, the former shoe company executive who’s been advising Tyler and his family, said Maccabi Haifa is a good fit for several reasons.

“I think it’s a very good deal for Jeremy because it’s a good team, he’ll play, they speak English and he’ll learn there,” Vaccaro said. “The reason we did one year was because it will give Jeremy time to understand how hard it is to be a professional, then he’ll do whatever he wants to do next year.”

Vaccaro said Tyler had five other offers, including one from a team for more money, “but Jeremy, his family and I decided it was more important to have a chance of playing than making a couple extra dollars. If Jeremy is who he’s supposed to be, he’ll earn a lot of money in his lifetime.”

How is he going to get better playing against this? (no offense meant to the players he is playing against, but c’mon….

What is wrong with this?  Nothing…He can get a high school diploma anytime.  He can get that done while he is in Israel getting paid to play basketball.  Either he will have a good season, playing against men, or not. Let’s say that he finishes his senior year in SD, dominating against other preps.  What are his options then?  Either go the route he is currently going and play overseas, or got to college and play for some school who will be making money off you, but you will only get a scholarship.

If he is lucky, he can get this is he picks USC, right Erik?

If he is lucky, he can get this is he picks USC, right Erik?

A scholarship? I know some people are up in arms about turning down a free education.  But what people fail to realize is that college isn’t for everyone.  Get paid in something that you like to do and are good at doing.  He could flunk out/get kicked out, benched or get injured.  All of those routes lead to him not making a cent.  Couple that with the knowledge that scholarships are one year renewable, a coach could kick an injured dude off scholarship to get the next flavor of the month.

Well, mostly true, except for Dexter Manley of the Redskkins back in the day...

Well, mostly true, except for Dexter Manley of the Redskkins back in the day...

In early May, Tyler told The AP that he was tired of facing triple-teams, being hacked and being limited to playing the middle when he felt he had much more to his game.

“I was the best player in San Diego this year and it was boring. Next year, it would be extremely boring,” Tyler said then. “I’d go into the game with no enthusiasm.”

Tyler is expected to return to the United States when he becomes eligible for the 2011 NBA draft.

“My goal is to become one of the greatest,” Tyler said Wednesday.

Tyler said he likes that Israel is a small country and that the team has young talent that can develop.

Why are you stopping brotha man from thinking big.  He thinks that he is the best and now has the chance to prove it against men.  They are not going to give up and think about banging the homecoming queen.  They have kids to feed, drug habits to pay for and vices to satiate.

I was never fortunate enough to beat up the royal box, but it looks like the old guy has it made....unless that is her father, and that would be sick.

I was never fortunate enough to beat up the royal box, but it looks like this guy has it made....unless that is her father, and that would be sick.

“He has a tremendous upside,” said Andrew Wilson, a spokesman for American businessman Jeffrey Rosen, who owns Maccabi Haifa. “He’s definitely got a lot of talent and is hungry, and we’re an up-and-coming team, as the team has been in the Premier League only one year, so it seems like a very nice fit for us.”

Maccabi Haifa was promoted to the Premier League after a 10-year absence and earned its first appearance in both the Israeli Premier League championship game as well as the State Cup Finals. The team has re-signed forward Davon Jefferson of Southern Cal.

Maccabi Haifa opens its season on Oct. 25.

“Tyler’s size and natural talent will present matchup problems in our favor against other teams in Israel,” coach Avi Ashkenazi said in a statement. “We know Tyler is hungry to prove himself on the court. We look forward to him developing over the course of the season and improving our team.”

Wilson said Rosen bought the North American rights to Premier League games and plans to stream Maccabi Haifa games live on http://www.triangleinternet.tv as a way to promote the league in the United States.

So everyone wins.  He gets paid and can show what he can do, versus put money the pockets of the NCAA….Plus, he was going to Louisville…at least he won’t have Pitino in his ear…

One Response to “Maybe Brandon Jennings started a trend…Jeremy Tyler is skipping his senior year to play for Maccabi”

  1. Erik said

    Kevin O’Neil baby! We play it straight now without bitch-ass Tim Floyd.

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