Half of the Saturday session of the 2015 Hampton EYBL is in the books. Here are some UVa-related notes I’ve compiled so far.
My first stop inside the Boo Williams Sportsplex was Court 6, where the PSA Cardinals faced off against fellow New York AAU program City Rocks. The Cardinals feature University of Virginia combo guard commit Ty Jerome.
UVa assistant Jason Williford watched the first half of this game, with head coach Tony Bennett making it for the second half. This was my first opportunity seeing Jerome in person.
Jerome, who looks to be a solid 6’4″, is known for his high basketball IQ. This was evident. He constantly directed his teammates, showing good communication on both ends of the court, and even did some coaching when he was on the bench. Jerome was fully engrossed in the game. He seems very competitive. He knocked down his only two shot attempts — a runner and an NBA-range 3 — while I was there. Jerome would finish with seven points on 3-of-6 shooting, including 1-of-4 from 3-point range, in 11 minutes (the games consist of two 16-minute halves).
The knock on Ty is his overall athletic ability. He makes up for this on offense with his high IQ, crafty play, good ball-handling ability and plus shooting ability. He can play on or off the ball. From a defensive perspective, Jerome won’t be guarding the other team’s most explosive player, but I think he can be solid in the Pack Line. He has good length, and with his IQ he should do just fine. I think he moves well enough.
Of course these are just my initial thoughts based on one half of basketball, but I can see why he Bennett likes him.
As for the game, City Rocks took a 36-21 lead into halftime and held on for a 69-61 victory, thanks in part to junior point guard Howard Washington’s 22 points. They made 14-of-22 shots from beyond the arc, a big reason why they won. PSA dropped to 1-1. Jerome scored 10 points (2-of-5 from the field, 5-of-6 from the line) in a Cardinal win last night.
After watching the first half of PSA/City Rocks, I headed to Court 1 to watch the second half of the Boo Williams/Team Takeover matchup. When I arrived, BWSL held a 37-30 second half lead. Team Takeover, well, took over from there, outscoring the home squad 30-10 the rest of the way for the win.
Following the game, I caught up with a pair of UVa class of 2016 targets, power forward...
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