Ty Jerome Looking To Help Build On UVA’s Success

UVa class of 2016 recruits Guy and Jerome (pictured right) at the 2015 NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville.
UVa class of 2016 recruits Guy and Jerome (pictured right) at the 2015 NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville.

In the moments after UVA’s heartbreaking Elite Eight loss to Syracuse last Sunday, Iona Prep (New Rochelle, N.Y.) senior point guard prospect and soon-to-be Cavalier first year Ty Jerome took to Twitter to express his thoughts.

Reached via Twitter direct message, Jerome expanded further on Virginia’s 2015/2016 season.

“Another great season,” Jerome wrote. “They came up short in the ACC championship and probably played the ugliest ten minutes of basketball all season in the last ten minutes of the Elite Eight. That doesn’t take away everything they did during the season to earn another #1 seed.”

Jerome, a consensus 4-star recruit, is expected to enroll on Grounds on June 13 alongside fellow incoming recruits Kyle Guy, Jay Huff and De’Andre Hunter. This is Tony Bennett’s most highly regarded class since he arrived at UVA – 247Sports (No. 5), ESPN (No. 7), Rivals (No. 7) all rank the class among the top 10 in the nation in 2016, while Scout.com rates the group the no. 12 class in the country.

Brogdon, Gill, Nolte and Tobey helped UVA reach new heights the past three seasons, winning 89 games (with only 19 losses) and reaching two ACC Championship games (winning one), two NCAA Sweet Sixteens and one NCAA Elite Eight. The foundation for future success has been built, and Jerome wants to help the current Cavaliers take the program further.

“The senior class has established something amazing at Virginia,” Jerome wrote in a Twitter direct message. “My goal as a player is to keep that going and hopefully build on it. The coaching staff and entire program will continue to push us to reach our full potential. Hopefully our full potential takes coach Bennett to his first Final Four.”

Jerome, the first to commit to UVA’s 2016 Class, established himself as one of New York’s top prospects in his time at Iona Prep. The floor general known for his basketball IQ and 3-point shooting ability cemented his status among national recruiting outlets last spring and summer while playing for the PSA Cardinals on the Nike EYBL circuit. With a national ranking of 33 by 247Sports, 41 by ESPN, 50 by Rivals and 51 by Scout, he is now considered a top recruit in his class.

Jerome’s outstanding Iona Prep career came to a premature end, however. Hip pain he had experienced since last spring would result in surgery on both hips on February 1 of this year. So far so good on the recovery front, and Jerome hopes he will be fully healthy by the time UVA begins preseason practice next fall.

“Surgery went great. I’m rehabbing as diligently as possible. Stretching every day, and doing strength stuff 6 days a week. I’m actually ahead of where I expected to be at this point. Hopefully I keep progressing at this rate while controlling everything I can control,” Jerome wrote.

Basketball-wise, “All I can do right now is shoot free throws,” Jerome wrote. “No matter how well a patient is doing after this surgery, they have to wait until the tissue heals to start jumping and doing sports related activity, which takes 10-12 weeks. ([March 28] is 8 weeks post surgery)”

Future Broadcaster?

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