Tyler is the 6-foot-11 junior center from San Diego High School who recently announced he would skip his senior year of high school to play professionally in Europe for two years before entering the 2011 NBA Draft. “Nothing’s formal, very informal meetings,” Vaccaro said by phone just before his plane took off. “Interest is there from a few countries, Greece, Spain, Italy and Israel.” Olympiacos signed former Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Childress last off-season. Billionaire shipping magnate Panayiotis Angelopoulos, one of the team’s owners, told The New York Times last fall that he would continue to try to land a big fish from the N.B.A. free-agent market. Panathinaikos, Olympiacos’ rival, won the Euroleague title last Sunday. “I have dreams every night about me playing,” Tyler told The Times. “Mentally, I’m pretty ready to go out there and play. I want to show the world that this wasn’t a bad decision.” QUINTRELL THOMAS CLOSE TO DECISION
“He should be making a decision in the next day or so,” Derrick Bobbitt, Thomas’ AAU coach, wrote in a text.
The 6-foot-8 Thomas is transferring from Kansas and has visited all three schools.
His weekend visit to Siena went well, by all accounts.
UNLV was near the top of his list the first time around and appears to be this time as well. He has spoken with head coach Lon Kruger and assistant Lew Hill, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
“As soon as I announced I was transferring, one of my [high school] coaches told me they wanted to get in contact with me,” Thomas told the newspaper.“It’s a very real option,” he said. Thomas spent one year at Kansas in which he averaged 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds. Next year he would be playing behind fellow sophomores Markieff and Marcus Morris, returning big man Cole Aldrich and probably incoming freshman Thomas Robinson as well. (Photos courtesy Getty Images and New York Times)