High-Schooler Signs Overseas B'Ball Contract

San Diego H.S. star left school early to play

By Eric S. Page and Derek Togerson
|  Thursday, Aug 13, 2009  |  Updated 2:22 AM PDT
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Local High School Star Turns Pro

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Tyler is set to play in the Middle East.

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Jeremy Tyler, the 18-year-old basketball phenom who is skipping his senior year at San Diego High, has signed a one-year contract with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Premier League.

Tyler is the first American-born player to leave high school early to play basketball professionally overseas.

The contract is worth $140,000.

Tyler is expected to return to the United States when he becomes eligible for the 2011 NBA draft. Sonny Vaccaro, who has advised Tyler and his family, said it will be up to the player to decide where he wants to play next season.

Scouts say Tyler's the best amateur big man in the country. He averaged 27.8 points a game for the Cavers last season and was offered a full scholarship to play for Rick Pitino at Louisville. 

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