After helping Iona Prep (New Rochelle, N.Y.) to a 5-2 start to the 2015/2016 season, senior point guard and University of Virginia recruit Ty Jerome sat on the sidelines for the Gaels’ next four games because of hip pain. On January 11, the 6’5” standout announced via Twitter that he would miss the rest of his high school season because of hip surgery.
Jerome averaged 20 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game his junior season, helping Iona Prep to a 22-6 record and its first Archdiocesan championship in school history. He experienced hip pain last spring and summer but ultimately played through it and impressed on the Nike EYBL circuit. Jerome, who signed a letter of intent with Virginia this past November, entered his senior season as a consensus 4-star recruit. He was off to a great start to his senior season, most notably turning in a 37-point performance in a win over Christ The King, before sitting out with the injury.
Jerome’s first surgery, which is scheduled for January 25, will repair a torn labrum and misshaped ball socket in his right hip. He’ll have a similar surgery on his left hip as well.
Jerome took some time this week for a “Quick Take,” in which he discusses his upcoming surgeries, his recovery prognosis, and of course his future at UVA.
What do you know about your recovery timetable from these surgeries?
TY JEROME: “From talking to doctors, the recovery timetable is 4-6 months. I will expect six months, and anything less is icing on the cake.”
Is the procedure for the torn labrum separate from the socket procedure or are they related?
TY JEROME: “The labrum procedure is related to the socket procedure. The socket causes the labrum to tear because of how much extra bone the ball in my hip has. I will be getting surgery on my right hip and my left hip. I’ll be getting my right hip done on January 25th and my left hip done on February 22nd.”
What do you know about the surgery you are about to have and are you hopeful this will actually make you a better athlete than you were when healthy previously?
TY JEROME: “Well, I’ve heard from a lot of people...
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