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  • Name: Jeremy Tyler
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height: 6-10 (2.08m)
  • Weight: 245 (111kg)
  • Pro Team: Tokyo Apache (Japan)
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: San Diego, California
  • Birthdate: 6/21/1991
  • Drafted: Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the second round (39th pick overall) of 2011 NBA Draft.
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Background: Tyler’s name has become synonymous with what the NBA and NCAA fear the most, quickly pointing to as a warning to future players who think of taking his path. Tyler was one of the best players in the nation, quickly asserting himself as a player who could have the most potential regardless of class. As a junior, Tyler committed to Louisville, despite several other scholarship offers from local schools like USC and UCLA. At San Diego High School Tyler averaged 28.7 points, 12 rebounds, and 9 blocks per game, but unlike many top recruits, his team had poor success due in large part to the firing of his coach, Kenny Roy, for attempting to illegally recruit 3 players to join Tyler at San Diego.

The frustration was evident on Tyler, who just had just a year before won a state title, to now, as a member of an average team. Unlike most high school players that transfer when this happens, Tyler, along with his father James, approached Sonny Vaccaro to guide him through the process of playing basketball overseas. Vaccaro a year earlier helped Brandon Jennings go overseas. The difference was, Jennings had graduated high school, but didn’t have the necessary scores to attend Arizona. Tyler not only wanted to play ball overseas, but decided to bypass his senior year of high school.

With the help of Vaccaro, Tyler received a $140,000 contract with Maccabi Haifa in Israel’s top professional basketball league. To say that the transition from prep to overseas pros has been hard on Tyler is an understatement. Tyler has struggled to grasp everything from the culture to simpler things, like professionalism. Finally in March, Tyler quit and returned home with five weeks remaining before the end of Israel season. In only 10 games he averaged a mere 2.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.3 blocks per game with only 7.6 minutes per game.

In July 2010, Tyler signed a contract to play ball for Tokyo Apache of Japan’s professional basketball league. Many close to the prospect cite Tyler’s interest in playing for Tokyo Apache has much to do with the team’s head coach, Bob Hill, who has nine years of NBA head coaching experience. This will be a make or break year for Jeremy, who was viewed as seriously immature last season and now he must prove he isn’t a bust at the ripe age of 19-years old.

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2009-10 Maccabi Haifa

10

43.8

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53.8

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0.3

1.9

0.1

2.1

2010-11 Tokyo Apache

33

51.1

20.0

45.4

0.5

0.7

6.4

0.4

9.9

Totals

43

50.7

20.0

46.3

0.3

0.8

5.3

0.4

8.1

 

 

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