UVA COMMITS CONTINUE STRONG PLAY ON AAU CIRCUIT
The ProScholars Athletics Cardinals went 3-1 in Session III of the 2015 Nike EYBL in Houston this past weekend, improving to 8-4 overall this season. UVa-bound guard Ty Jerome, a rising senior out of Iona Prep (New Rochelle, N.Y.), poured in 49 points in three games last Friday and Saturday, including 20 points in a win over Pro Skills (a Texas-based AAU program)), 11 points in a win over Boo Williams and 18 points in a 3-point loss to Athletes First (Oklahoma).
D1Circuit.com, which records statistics for the EYBL, reports that Jerome went 17-for-28 from the field (5-of-8 from 3-point range) in the three contests. In seven games throughout the EYBL’s first three sessions, the 6’4″, 190-pound combo guard has averaged 12.4 points per game while making 52.8-percent of his field goals, 9-of-18 3-pointers, and 84.6-percent of his free throws. Jerome has 17 assists to only three turnovers, along with eight steals in that span. He has performed well despite battling a hip injury — he thought he just had a strain but learned he actually had some muscle tears — that sidelined him for most of EYBL Session II in Lexington.
Scout.com rated Jerome as a top performer in Houston (subscription article). Scout National Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels tweeted the following…
Ty Jerome should have a very good career at Virginia. Has a tremendous feel for the game, is a high level shooter & competes. Kid can play.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 9, 2015
Lawrence Central (Indianapolis, IN) rising senior combo guard Kyle Guy helped the Indiana Elite (Adidas AAU circuit) capture the May Classic title this past weekend. The 6’3″, 165-pound prospect’s performances included a 23-point outing in a win over Indiana Faith-Wayer last Sunday.
Read more on the Virginia-bound 4-star in this article by the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. Guy discussed UVa in the article, saying…
“They were one of the last schools to offer me, but they made me feel like they were there from the beginning. I felt at home when I went on my visit. I felt Coach Bennett could get me to develop the way that I want to,” Guy said.
Virginia Episcopal School (Lynchburg, VA) forward Sacha Killeya-Jones suffered a minor injury at the April 24-26 Louisville session of the Under Armour AAU circuit. The 6’10” rising senior is expected to return, though, for Session III in New York, which takes place May 22-24.
In six games this AAU season, Killeya-Jones is averaging 11.7 points (55.6 field goal percentage) and six boards per game. He scored 22 points in his most recent outing, against the Philly Pride.
HAUSER MAKES UVA VISIT
UVa has recruited well so far in 2016 and is trying to close out the class in strong fashion. As expected, Stevens Point (WI) small forward Sam Hauser was on Grounds on an official visit to this past weekend. The 6’6″, 190-pound junior arrived in Charlottesville on Saturday and returned home on Sunday.
Attempts to reach Hauser and his father have been unsuccessful so far. DevonTe Brooks, a Big East reporter for SB Nation, tweeted on Sunday that Hauser rated the Virginia experience a “9 out of 10.”
Mark Miller, Editor of Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook, tweeted the following since Hauser’s visit…
Fresh off his official to Virginia over the weekend, Stevens Point junior Sam Hauser (6-6) plans to take an official to Marquette soon.
— Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook) May 11, 2015
As of last Friday, Creighton was under consideration for an official visit as well, but my feeling is that this race will likely come down to Marquette and UVa. Home-state Marquette, which offered last summer, could prove tough to beat should the upcoming visit go well.