High Schooler Jeremy Tyler Going Pro

Oversees that is. Big man and possibly the top prospect from the class of 2010, Jeremy Tyler, has decided to fore-go his senior year of high school to play professionally in Europe. I know that I’m in minority but I say congratulations kid.

With the exception of American Football players in other sports routinely go pro at even earlier age than Tyler. So I applaud his choice. Now I know the critics are going to bash the kid. However, everyone that thinks this a bad move should put themselves in his shoes.  Let’s look at his options.

Plan A: Finish High School and the go play college ball for a year.

OK. There’s nothing wrong with route but there are several downsides to it. First of all, he’s a man among boys at the High School level. He can only develop his skills so much at this level. Secondly, if he has the skills to pay the bills, why not earn some Euros now? Plus there’s always the dreaded injury bug. If this kid gets seriously hurt in a High School game what will he have to show for his career?

Plan B: Finish High School and then take the Brandon Jennings route oversees.

He could do this but what’s the point? Isn’t 2years of pro ball better than one? Tyler can easily go back and get his GED at any point he chooses. For the average person receiving a diploma from your HS is important. However, keep in mind this kid is far from average.

Plan C: His chosen path.

There could be nothing better than having 2 years of pro experience under your belt to make you NBA-Ready. International players routinely start playing professionally at 16-17yrs old. So is it really much of that surprise that the International players make up a huge percentage of the NBA today? School will always be there. He should make a pretty decent amount of change overseas and down the road in the NBA. Even if his NBA career turns out to be a bust he should still have plenty of bank left to finance a degree. I know some critics criticized Jennings for going overseas because he wouldn’t be playing in front of NBA scouts. Those people need to wake up and realize the scouts are everywhere. There has been scouts at every single one of Jennings’s games and there will be for Tyler as well. Furthermore, the biggest problem with young prospects is there maturity level. Living in another culture and actually playing pro ball is going to force this kid to mature fast. Any player choosing this path or Jennings path will be much more prepared for the NBA lifestyle than his peers that take the NCAA one and done approach.

In summary, do your thing Jeremy Tyler. I applaud you for thinking outside the box. Instead of going through the system that makes Colleges and NCAA billions of dollars at your expense you’ve chosen a plan that benefits you to the maximum. I’ll definitely follow your progress. Good Luck.

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Shot of Jack v4.14

Surprises Atop the Standings

As of today, the Blue Jays, Mariners, Royals, White Sox, Marlins, Braves, Cardinals and Padres all leading or tied for the lead in their divisions………I’d be willing to wager a few pennies that the Jays, Mariners & Padres will all be out of the playoff race by the All-Star Break.  The 5 unnamed teams all have a real shot at making the postseason.

Emiliiiiiiooooooooo!

emilioFlorida’s Emilio Bonifacio went 0-4 Sunday and is now only batting .500 for the season. He had a huge first week and fantasy baseball owners adding him like crazy. He’s got great speed and is in a great lineup but………by the end of the season over half the guys that picked him up early will end up dropping him. I’d be willing to wager a few pennies that Bonifacio’s batting average will not be over .270 when it’s all said and done. If you need steals he can help your fantasy team. Just don’t make the mistake of overvaluing his early success.

Paulus to the NFL?

gregpaulusGreg Paulus reportedly worked out with the Green Bay Packers. Paulus was a big time High School QB but chose Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium over some offers to play at big time college football programs such as Notre Dame. In all honesty, the kid has a much better shot at making it in the NFL than he does of making an NBA roster…..But that’s not saying much. Paulus was not a very PG at Duke. He was a decent athlete and great shooter but he made way too many poor decisions with the ball in his hand. If I was an NFL team I’d be willing to take a look at the kid but based on his decision making at the Point I’d be hesitant to give him a shot at making my team as a QB. Oh yeah………………..he has not played football since high school! Greg, go ahead and spend a few months enjoying football. Just when it’s all said and done don’t forget about the degree you earned from Duke. It may come in handy for you.

Twitter: Joined the Darkside

I broke down today and decided to give twitter a try. I feel bad admitting this since I’m usually not the type of person that joins fads. But…..personally, i felt the benefits outweigh the negatives. I can now post short thoughts on twitter and have them displayed on the site instead of having waste a post displaying them on here. Plus, since I’m currently the only active writer here this will enable to put fresh info on the site more often. So pay me a visit on twitter if you get a chance: http://twitter.com/pubjd or just check in here and check the feed in the upper right corner.

Slightly Late NL Preview

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It may be a week late but I’m going to go ahead and post my National League predictions for 2009.

NL East: This division is going to be tight all the way to the end. In all honesty the only thing that would surprise me in this division is if the Nationals win it. The Marlins, Mets, Phillies and Braves all are capable of taking the division. A week ago I would’ve predicted that the Marlins would win it a week ago. But I’m going to flip flop and go with Mets just to be different.

  1. New York Mets
  2. Florida Marlins
  3. Philadelphia Phillies
  4. Atlanta Braves
  5. Washington Nationals

NL Central: The Cubs are the favorites but I think the Cardinals will still be in the thick of things late into September. The Reds are everyone’s surprise pick but they’re still a year or two away from being contenders. Just think about how long it took the Brewers to get over the hump. The same “experts” now picking the Reds were the same ones that said the Brewers would win it 4years ago.

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Milwaukee Brewers
  4. Cincinnati Reds
  5. Pittsburgh Pirates
  6. Houston Astros (The Astros horrible pitching staff has last place written all over it.)

NL West: In recent years this division has been pretty unpredictable? I’ve gotta go with the Dodgers here. They’ve got a killer lineup and very solid pitching.

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Colorado Rockies
  3. Arizona Diamandbacks
  4. San Francisco Giants
  5. San Diego Padres

NL Awards & Playoffs

MVP: Albert Pujols: El Hombre is in mid season form already. Barring injury Pujols will have another huge year. With a 100% Pujols in the lineup this team is more than capable of making the playoffs. If they find themselves playing in October Pujols will be awarded MVP once again.

Cy Young: Josh Johnson: Johnson is a top notch Ace. This season I see him winning 18-20 games with an ERA under 2.85. If my projections hold true he will be the NL Cy Young.

ROY: Cameron Maybin: He’s going to get a lot of at bats in the potent Marlins lineup. Hence, he up better numbers than any other rookie.

Wildcard Team: St. Louis Cardinals: Chris Carpenter is back and looking strong. With their Ace finally back in the lineup they should have enough W’s when it’s all said and done to take the Wildcard. I like the Marlins in the NL East but I think that those teams are really going to beat up on each other so the wildcard will not come from the East.

Who’s Takin Home the Pennant: Chicago Cubs. Nah just kidding. I do think the Cubs will finally win a game postseason game but they will still manage to find a way to eliminate themselves in round 1. My real pick is the LA Dodgers. Like I said before I like their lineup and pitching.

Cutler Traded to Bears

Breaking News!

The Denver Broncos have agreed to trade Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears. Looks like the Bears are finally going to have a franchise QB.

Tim Floyd to Arizona?

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Reportedly Arizona is attempting to bring Tim Floyd to Tuscon. For Trojan fans what could be worse than losing the coach that’s revitalized the program to a Pac10 foe?

How about the fact that if he goes, two prized USC recruits may follow him to the desert. Solomon Hill & Renardo Sydney have only given verbals to USC. It’s very likely that they are more committed to Tim Floyd than USC. So if I were a gambling man I’d definitely be willing to wager a large sum of money that they’ll follow Floyd to Arizona.

I really don’t know what to think about this. At the very least, if I were Floyd I’d use the Arizona offer as leverage to get a new deal to stay at USC. Afterall, he has a good thing going there. Is USC basketball 2nd to Football? Sure it is. Floyd however, has a chance to put his mark on the program and possibly elevate them to the level of Trojan Football. If Floyd takes the Zona job he’ll be the successor to Lute Olson. If history has taught us anything, it’s that following a legendary coach is tough and usually doesn’t end well for the successor. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying Floyd can’t succeed in Tucson. I’m just saying that if I were him I’d try getting a new fat contract from USC before accepting an offer from Arizona. Unless he immediately win a Title he will constantly be compared to “the great” Lute Olson.

Shot of Jack v4.1

I just checked the front page at espn.com and you won’t believe what is #4 on their top news stories. Yanks’ Chamberlain Pleads Guilty to DUI charge….I say who gives a shit. It should get reported but it’s not front page news. Joba has to pay a fine and spend some time on probation. Shocking isn’t it? That’s what first time offenders get. Why is this top news? It’s not like drinking and driving in rural areas never happens. If you’ve ever lived in a small town or rural area then you’ll know what I’m talking about. Road tripping is usually common practice. I’m not saying it’s right or condoning this behavior. However people who are not from rural areas always seem to be completely oblivious to the fact that so many people drink and drive. Joba was in Nebraska. C’mon is it that surprising that he drank and drove?

The #5 story is entitled: UConn men’s program had $6M profit in FY ’08. Again why is this front page worthy. ESPN is once again turning into the tabloid of sports. Calhoun said the basketball program brings in $12mil dollars to the university. He didn’t say whether or not that was profit. Revenues were over $14mil. I don’t even know why I’m getting into this weak story.

ESPN engages in some questionable journalism but I’m not going to let that stop me from enjoying the 2009 McDonalds All-Amercian Game tonight. I love nearly everything about these games. Having to listen to that senile, loudmouth Dick Vitale is the only thing I dislike about the game. My prediction for Most Outstanding Player: John Henson. Henson is a 6’10” Forward from, Odessa Florida. He’s one of 4 players in this game that’ll be going to UNC next year. I’ve only seen youtube clips of this kid but I really like his game. The McD’s Game is always a lot of fun to watch. Game starts at 7:00pm CST tonight. Don’t miss out!

  • **Correction: Dick Vitale is not working the McD’s Game. I was misinformed and couldn’t be happier.***

That’s all I’ve got for now. Check back tomorrow for a McD’s recap as well as part2 of the Pub’s MLB Preview.