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NBA Draft Rumors: Jeremy Tyler Has Suitors In First Round, Including Knicks

Jeremy Tyler, the embattled big man who left high school early to pursue a pro career overseas and saw his NBA Draft stock plummet as a result, has suitors in the first round of the 2011 derby, reports Chad Ford of ESPN.

In an Insider draft round-up following last week's combine in Chicago, Ford reports that Tyler blew the doors off with his measurements and performance. Slated by many as a second-round prospect, Tyler has crept up the boards. Ford reports that the New York Knicks (who pick No. 17 in the first round), Houston Rockets (No. 14), San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets could give Tyler a look in the first round.

Tyler made headlines in 2008 when, as a top class of 2010 prospect, he left his San Diego high school after his junior year to pursue a professional career. He first played in Israel, but had run-ins with his coaches and hardly got on the court. A comedy of errors led to a spot in Japan's second-tier league, where he played last season. That hardly seems like the path to the NBA.

But there was definite promise in Tyler back in AAU and high school, he's still mighty young (he turns 20 on June 1) and, as they say, you don't teach size. Tyler measured 6'10 with a 7'5 wingspan and 9'2 standing reach, reports Ford. That's mammoth. He also came out with a 13 percent body fat figure, according to numbers released last week. That's also mammoth.