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April 24, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Prep basketball star drops out of school to play pro in Europe

A recent high-school news story made the rounds in the media and I wanted to pass it along. Jeremy Tyler, a 6-foot-11 junior, said he has dropped out of San Diego High School to play professional basketball in Europe.

Tyler, 17, claims playing overseas for two years will better prepare him for the NBA than his senior season in high school and one year in college. He is expected to declare for the NBA when eligible through age requirements.

The Louisville commit would be the first American prospect to leave high school early to play professionally. He has not signed with a team yet, but reports claim he’ll likely play in Spain.

“Nowadays people look to college for more off-the-court stuff versus being in the gym and getting better,” Tyler told the [The New York] Times. “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.”

Committing to play a sport professionally at age 17 certainly isn’t basketball-exclusive. Top prospects in soccer and tennis often leave high school early — but in those cases, academies are often involved to maintain access to education.

If you remember, Arizona recruit Brandon Jennings left to play in Europe, but that was after his senior year.

What are your thoughts on this case? It definitely appears to blaze a new path for other prospective basketball stars. While I personally don’t like the move, it’s hard to blame a kid from trying to get better and prepare himself for the NBA.

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