Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 9:57 am  |  23 responses

Jeremy Tyler Taking Talent To Tokyo

First Bob Hill decided to take over as coach of the Tokyo Apache. Now former high school sensation Jeremy Tyler is set to join him. Via the AP: “Former high school star Jeremy Tyler has signed with the Tokyo Apache of Japan’s professional basketball league…Tyler, who attended San Diego High School before leaving after his junior year, signed a one-year, $140,000 contract with Israeli team Maccabi Haifa in August 2009. He was the first American-born player to leave high school early to play professionally overseas. Some had seen Tyler as a potential No. 1 overall pick when he’s eligible for the NBA draft in 2011, but those projections have softened.”

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  • newzealanderinlondon

    Tokyo Apache – awesome I wasn’t even aware of a Japanese national league!

  • Hussman25

    This kid has bust written all over him… Hopefully Bob can inject some maturity and work ethic in the kid…

  • http://slamonline.com mike

    I’m interested to see how this plays out now that he’s being instructed by a former NBA coach. Although let’s remember that Hill coached the Sonics when they had Swift, Sene, and Petro, quite possibly the worst collection of 7 footers ever assembled.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    Wow, is this really all the kid could find? He really shot himself in the foot.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance

    I blame his parents. They couldn’t wait 2-3 years to try and eat off the kid? He didn’t even finish HS! That is unacceptable.

  • rich

    who lets their kid go to pros in grade 12?
    they might as well send him to a bengladesh leaguue in grade 9

  • http://slamonline.com jay

    he did not even finish HS

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    dude’s going to tokyo to play ball… must not have much talent. shoulda gone to school young’n

  • T-Money

    A bust? The guy would be a college freshman NEXT season and we’re calling him a bust? Wow. Forget about the strength of the league (which I’m sure is comparable to d1 basketball), he’s going to get NBA coaching for a full year. I had read somewhere when he moved to Israel that he was still home-schooling and everything was set up for him to still get his GED.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com brotherwithwisdom

    Shoulda gone to school bruh. Cmon could have at least finished high school just goes to show ya stay in school kids.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    T-Money: it’s comparable to a weaker division D1 basketball. Tokyo does not have a strong BBall league at all.
    He’s not a bust, but this is turning out to be a horrendous idea.

  • Stillballin

    Hey he still ballin and getting paid.. It’s not too late yet.. He’ll get better..

  • Brown14

    Must be hard for the kid, earning $140k while his classmates are worrying about who they can take to the prom

  • http://IjustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    This dude was never gonna be the first overall pick of any draft. This kid couldn’t go 1st overall over kwame. The kid put his name out there cuz he did what nobody had done b4. He might have been a 1st round pick, but 1st overall? GTFOH. His parents did f*ck up big time tho. He coulda finished hs, gotten a free college education (if he wanted to stay all 4 yrs) n played NBA ball if he was good ’nuff. How many ppl do you see makin it into the league off of a asian league? Yao, Yi, Yue (n he was only around for a yr) this dude done f*cked up

  • http://IjustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    LeBron could learn from this kid. He didn’t need a one hr special to tell the 3 ppl interested that he was takin his talents(as small as they might be) to tokyo

  • shu

    The Japanese league is comprable to mid-D2 I think. If anyone’s been reading SLAM since 2005ish, there was a feature on 2 Japanese dudes that went to Montrose Christian with KDurant (his jr year?) and started. Taishi Ito and KJ Matsui went to play at Princeton and Portland(Univ) and both recently finished up their college careers. They went to low-level D1 schools, and didn’t do great, but I expect both of them to dominate the japanese league. Thats about the competition level. The league’s bigs are 6’8 or 6’7 and slow footed for any american standard. (They’re there because they’re tall) I don’t care about the experience or age. If this kid can’t them, he’ll fall off the map and maybe even go undrafted…

  • pistol

    I’ve played guys in the BJ league (yes, that’s what they call it in Japan), and they are not even close to being at D1 level….speed and good shooters – yes….athleticism, power, height, cool head under pressure – capital NO! Tyler needs to play in Europe, NBA D-league or at least the Australian league to get a bit toughened up.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Potential first pick? A lot of Mock drafts have him near 30 or something.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    might not be a good idea going to tokyo but none the less the kid still has talent and can still show his worth as brandon jennings did

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    He fu(kd up

  • http://pardonthedopeness.blogspot.com DP

    This guy is going to get mopped up and down the floor when he gets to the L. Kids learn from this. Don’t join a professional team before you go to your senior prom.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @Jukai – To play in Japan is considered most honorable way to die (professionally)…