Ty Jerome made the trek to Charlottesville on August 30, 2014, to visit the University of Virginia for the first time. The trip was all the 6’4” point guard out of Iona Prep (New Rochelle, N.Y.) needed to know where he wanted to spend his college career. On September 2, 2014, Jerome verbally committed to head coach Tony Bennett, who had offered a scholarship earlier in the year.
Jerome was back in Charlottesville this month – specifically, the weekend of September 11-13 — for his official visit. The experience confirmed his original decision.
“The weekend just completely confirmed how perfect a fit UVa is for me. Offensively, Coach Bennett is an amazing coach and developer, and defensively he might even be better. He can really develop me into the best player I can be and I can play in a system where I have a good chance to succeed in. When you add the facilities, campus, academics, family atmosphere, work ethic, and more, it is hands down a perfect fit,” Jerome said.
The consensus 4-star prospect was joined on Grounds by future classmates and teammates Kyle Guy, Jay Huff and DeAndre Hunter.
“Definitely just hanging out with the team, Kyle, DeAndre and Jay. Also the (Notre Dame) football game, pick-up and speaking with Coach Bennett again and the rest of the staff,” Jerome answered when asked what the highlights of his official visit were.
“The team is really like a true family. I feel a part of it already,” Jerome said.
Jerome played alongside Guy at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville this June, so he knows his future backcourt mate’s game pretty well. He got a glimpse of Huff and Hunter in action during pick-up games the official visit weekend.
“As everyone knows, Kyle is very good. DeAndre and Jay both have good size and are very skilled,” Jerome noted.
When he arrives in Charlottesville next year, Jerome projects to be the third point guard on the roster. London Perrantes, who will be a senior in 2016/2017, and Darius Thompson, who will be a junior in 2016/2017, will be on the roster as well.
“I spent a little time with London (the official visit weekend),” Jerome said. “We didn’t talk much basketball though. Comparison-wise, I think we both can really pass, both under control, solid and can shoot it. He will be a...
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