Jerome Finds Fit With UVa, Bennett

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Jerome in AAU competition in July of 2014 (Photo Credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Jerome in AAU competition in July of 2014 (Photo Credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

Ty Jerome certainly seemed impressed with the University of Virginia shortly after visiting this past Saturday. As it turns out, the 6’3” combo guard out of New Rochelle, New York, had discovered where he wanted to spend his college career.

Jerome, an Iona Prep product who plays for New Heights on the AAU circuit, spoke with his family about the possibility of committing to UVa while on the ride home from Charlottesville. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, he made the call and pledged to Virginia, which has been high on his list since head coach Tony Bennett extended a scholarship offer this past July.

Bennett, who Jerome said was “ready for my commitment”, was pleased when the talented guard made the call.

“He said he was smiling ear to ear,” Jerome wrote in a direct message to

Bennett “made me a priority this summer and when I went to visit he just didn’t talk about the good parts of my game. He was realistic with me,” Jerome wrote. “He showed me my weaknesses and what exactly I have to do to improve them. He also showed me my strengths and showed me on film how perfectly I fit into the system. He just spoke about me with great confidence and I knew it was real.”

George Washington, St. Joseph’s and Temple were among the other schools that had offered Jerome, who can’t sign an official letter of intent with the Hoos until November of 2015. UVa’s Grounds – “it was all absolutely beautiful” – is a plus for the New York native, who carried a 96 average