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Is Jeremy Tyler making a huge mistake, or the best decision of his young life?

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Basketball players leaving college to go pro is nothing new. But 17-year-old Jeremy Tyler is taking the idea to the extreme, leaving high school early to play in Europe.

Tyler will eschew a commitment to play at Louisville, where the 6-11, 260-pound San Diego High junior had previously committed to play.

Tyler, who averaged 28.7 points per game last season, told the New York Times:

"Nowadays people look to college for more off-the-court stuff versus being in the gym and getting better. If you're really focused on getting better, you go play pro somewhere. Pro guys will get you way better than playing against college guys."

His father, James Tyler, told Yahoo! Sports:

"He can always go back to school. It's all learning. How is living in Europe not a learning experience?"
Tyler's choice puts a bold twist on that of Brandon Jennings, who skipped college to play a season with Lottomatica Virtus Roma in Italy.

But is it the right choice?

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