Remember Jeremy Tyler? We do. He’s the San Diego kid who skipped his senior year of high school to go play basketball internationally in Israel…with terrible results. Since then Tyler, who was considered the nation’s top high school player before bolting overseas, played a season in the Japan and has now begun the process of working out for June’s NBA Draft.
Apparently he has been impressive so far.
Tyler projects as a power forward/center in the NBA and will turn 20 on June 1. At the pre-draft camp scouts raved about him. Tyler was once thought of as a mid-second round pick, but now, he is reportedly creeping into late first round territory. In fact, Chad Ford currently has Tyler landing with the San Antonio Spurs at No. 29. But Ford insists Tyler may not last that long.
Tyler is 6’11, 263 pounds with a ridiculous 7’5 wingspan. He has a great, NBA-ready body, is incredibly athletic and can play with his back to the basket or turn and face up. He’s very skilled given his age and lack of experience.
The problems with Tyler exist almost completely between his ears. He’s very immature and made a horrible decision by skipping high school and college. Because of that decision he also hasn’t played against solid competition. With the Tokyo Apache in Japan he averaged 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per game during the 2010-11 season.
The bottom line on Tyler is that he’s a extreme version of the classic high risk-high reward player. With one of the weakest draft pools in NBA history, we think someone will take a chance on Tyler at some point in the mid-first round.