This report from the New York Times today leads one to believe that maybe Jeremy Tyler wasn’t the can’t-miss prospect everyone was expecting. If you recall, Tyler had given his verbal to Louisville before deciding to one-up Brandon Jennings and make the move to Europe before his senior year of high school, thus giving him two full years of schooling in the ways of Euroball before returning to the U.S., where a life of money, NBA stardom, modeling contracts, and reality television would undoubtedly await. This plan, however, appears to have hit a snag. The Times’ Pete Thamel writes:
“His coach calls him lazy and out of shape. The team captain says he is soft. His teammates say he needs to learn to shut up and show up on time. He has no friends on the team. In extensive interviews with Tyler, his teammates, coaches, his father and advisers, the consensus is that he is so naïve and immature that he has no idea how naïve and immature he is. So enamored with his vast potential, Tyler has not developed the work ethic necessary to tap it.”
As much as I’d love to see this kid fail miserably (he was technically a Louisville Cardinal after all), I have a feeling the jury will be out on him for awhile. As Deadspin wisely pointed out already, the New York Times ran a similarly depressing piece on Brandon Jennings last year, and last time I checked, he seemed to be doing just fine.
Speaking of Jennings, here’s an article raving about his and, more importantly, Jodie Meeks’ play thus far. Hell, while we’re at it, here’s a couple more: