Shanoff's W.U.C.: Jeremy Tyler Revolution

Today's Calls: Jeremy Tyler vs. the World, Matt Stafford vs. Aaron Curry, Mark Sanchez vs. Pat White, Dwyane Wade vs. Chauncey Billups, Royals vs. Pirates, Harris Poll vs. Selection Committee, Xavier Henry vs. Lance Stephenson and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: The real basketball revolution has arrived, and Jeremy Tyler is leading it. ↵

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↵Brandon Jennings skipping college to play in Europe? Simplistic. John Wall challenging the NBA's age-limit rules? He could only because of a loophole. Both were forced into decisions by academics that didn't qualify for college. ↵

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↵No: San Diego prep junior Jeremy Tyler is a very special case. Tyler isn't just skipping college -- he is skipping the rest of his high school career. His senior year. To play professionally in Europe. And not because he doesn't have the grades to play in college — because he wants to get better. (And he wants to get paid.) NOW. ↵

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↵New York Times’ Pete Thamel provides the context: "His decision is perhaps the most important one since Kevin Garnett jumped straight to the NBA from high school in 1995." ↵

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↵Yahoo's Dan Wetzel nails it: "This isn't some sign of the sporting apocalypse or a teenager with an overvalued sense of worth. It's a daring, trailblazing yet well-thought-out move that challenges the bizarre way America develops amateur basketball players." ↵

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↵This is going to cause a mild hysteria — far more than Brandon Jennings. And, obviously, Tyler is a special case — he is considered to be the best prep big since Oden. ↵

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↵But Tyler's rationale is solid: He won't get better in high school. The AAU and college-recruiting system is corrupted, and going to a "hoops factory" high school is equally cynical. The NBA demands he spend an unpaid internship making the NCAA money and providing free NBA marketing before they will let him in. ↵

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↵It is globalization in action: Europe has a better development pipeline; this was an inevitability. It won't be changed by some tweaks to AAU oversight or even changing the arbitrary and ludicrous NBA age-limit. ↵

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↵This is the signal that the U.S. — the NBA — needs to create its own development pipeline for its very best talent — including high schoolers. ↵The leap used to be "prep to pro." The new reality is "prep AS pro." Deal with it, seriously. ↵

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↵NFL Draft: Intrigue at the top! If Matthew Stafford and his agent don't make a deal with the Lions, Detroit has reportedly made a deal with Wake Forest's Aaron Curry — considered the safest pick at the top of the draft. Your move, Team Stafford. (This ain't your Millen Lions.) ↵

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↵Must-Read: Cosell on QBs. Beyond this latest with Stafford, quarterback is the most intriguing story line of the draft (as it usually is). Stafford will still likely be the No. 1 overall pick. Mark Sanchez is the hottest name in the draft. Greg Cosell has an absolute must-read comparing the pro potential of the two. (And making a case for Pat White!) ↵

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↵NBA Instant History: You didn't think Dwyane Wade was going to let the Heat get stomped again, did you? ... The Magic avoid choking — THIS TIME — but they sure don't show an ability to put teams away. ... Chauncy Billups shows again why these aren't your usual limp playoff Nuggets. ↵

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↵NBA Tonight: Bulls/Celtics, Round 3, which is the only series that you simply must be watching right now. Meanwhile, the Spurs see if they can reclaim home-court advantage by beating the Mavs in Dallas (just like the Mavs beat the Spurs in San Antonio), and we see how the Lakers can handle the road in Utah. ↵

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↵NBA Awards Season: Derrick Rose won Rookie of the Year. They ended voting before the playoffs, but his instant-classic performance in Game 1 against the Celtics in Boston shows why he was worthy. ↵
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↵NBA Draft: Stephen Curry will announce today whether he will return to Davidson or take his sweet-shooting game into the NBA, where he is a Lottery lock. I made my argument earlier this week: Normally, I'd say "Go pro!" But Curry has no financial pressure — and CBB immortality awaits. ↵

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↵MLB Talking Points ↵

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↵— A.L.'s Hottest: Royals roll on! ↵

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↵— N.L.'s Hottest Pirates sweep the Marlins ↵

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↵— Milestones: Most home runs in a Stadium after 6 games. ↵

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↵— Red Sox spark? DH win over Twins ↵

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↵— Fantasy Stud: Rod Barajas (2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R) ↵

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↵NHL Playoffs: At least Montreal fans had the All-Star Game. ↵

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↵CFB Playoff: Selection Committee? You would think that fans would find a small group picking the teams playing for the championship to be inherently less fair than a compilation of coaches, computers and experts. ↵

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↵But presumably given the success of the Selection Committee in the NCAA Tournament, there seems to be a comfortability factor with fans (and college presidents) for the idea — anything to get rid of the impossibly biased coaches, the embarrassingly idiotic Harris pollsters and (though I'm sympathetic to data) the soulless computers. ↵

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↵Here's the problem: Imagine if the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee only picked two at-large teams, instead of 30-some — or two teams to compete for the NCAA title, instead of 64. I'm pretty sure that fans, media and college presidents wouldn't be in favor of the "committee" idea. ↵

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↵CBB Recruiting: Xavier Henry — who de-committed from Memphis when John Calipari left — won't follow Cal to Kentucky and instead will follow in his parents' footsteps and go to Kansas (along with his brother). ↵

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↵Related: What does this mean for Lance Stephenson? Would this eliminate Kansas from his short list? KU had been the presumptive leader for his one year of college; why would Stephenson want to go somewhere where he has to share the spotlight with another stud freshman? ↵

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↵(I suspect Calipari is trying to put on the hard-sell for Kentucky — I still hope Stephenson pulls an O.J. Mayo and takes his one-man team to St. John's, where he would own NYC for the year.) ↵

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↵The Last Word: On very rare occasions, I will leave the friendly confines of my couch and actually get out into the world to track down a story. Tonight, I will attempt just such an excursion. I think you will find it worthy: Meeting Erin Andrews. More tomorrow. ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/danshanoff. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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