Instead of taking the traditional path of most young, budding basketball players and enrolling in college, 21-year-old Jeremy Tyler forwent his senior year of high school and signed with the Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Super League.
A year later, Tyler found himself with the Tokyo Apache in Japan, where he began to make a name for himself as an 18-year-old man-child.
In 2011, the Charlotte Bobcats drafted Tyler with the 39th overall pick and immediately traded him to the Golden State Warriors.
Though he rode the bench for much of his international career, Tyler grew during his time overseas, both as a player and as a man.
Questions about his maturity came up before last year's draft, but Tyler answered all of them in a recent interview with Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. During the interview, Tyler discussed how humbling his journey has been, and how much he has grown thanks to his experiences.
There is no doubt that Tyler has reached the maturity level to be a professional basketball player, but the big man still has a lot to prove on the court.
The 6'10" 260-pound center has an extremely high ceiling, similarly to fellow big man Andre Drummond.
With a 7'5" wing span and a 9'2" standing reach, Tyler is a natural shot blocker and a pure rebounder. As for his offensive game, Tyler easily has the body and the athleticism to pound the ball in the low-post with the toughest of big men. He's also developed a consistent mid-range game, with a 17-foot jumper that only continues to improve.
Although Andrew Bogut and David Lee are slotted to start in the front court for Golden State in the 2012-13 campaign, both are injury-prone and Tyler may get the chance to prove himself early on.
Mark Jackson undoubtedly has confidence in Tyler, as he even gave the young center a starting spot late last season. If he is given the opportunity, look out for Jeremy Tyler to excel for the Warriors next season.