Jeremy Tyler
Photo: Oren Aharoni

US teen basketball star quits Israel

Jeremy Tyler leaves Maccabi Haifa after poor performance, failure to adapt. Team spokesperson: We wish him luck in his future endeavourers

Former US high school basketball star Jeremy Tyler has quit Israeli team Maccabi Haifa.

The club confirmed the 18-year-old player left Israel early Friday, two months before the end of his first professional season.


Tyler arrived in Israel on a wave of publicity in August after deciding to skip his senior year at San Diego High School to gain professional experience.

Tyler in a typical pose (Photo: Hagai Aharon) 


However, his time in Israel was fraught with problems.


In the 10 games he played for Haifa, the 6-11 (2.11 meter) power forward averaged only 2.1 points with 1.9 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game. He found it hard to adapt to the pro game and couldn't find a place in Maccabi's starting lineup.


Maccabi owner Jeffrey Rosen released a statement confirming Tyler's decision. The team's Spokesperson attorney Tal Avriel said in a statement, "Maccabi Haifa wishes Jeremy Tyler luck in his future endeavourers."


Associated Press contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 03.19.10, 13:23
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