The AP reports:

Former high school star Jeremy Tyler has signed with the Tokyo Apache of Japan’s professional basketball league.

The team announced the signing Thursday on its official website. The 19-year-old Tyler will play for former NBA coach Bob Hill, who was hired by the team last month.

“We are extremely excited for Jeremy to join our team in Tokyo,” the team said in a statement. “His athleticism and size will be a major presence in our frontcourt this season.”

Apr 22, 2009 - San Diego, CA, USA - JEREMY TYLER, a 6 foot 11 high school junior says he will skip his senior year to play professionally in Europe. The 17-year old would become the first U.S.-born player to leave high school early to play pro overseas. He is expected to return in two years when he is projected to be a top pick in the 2011 NBA draft. PICTURED: JEREMY TYLER works out at California State University, San Diego Photo via Newscom