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About Ty Jerome
Ty Jerome is a tall, crafty point guard who guided Virginia through many of the roughest stretches of their NCAA Championship run. A consensus top-50 prospect in the high school class of 2016 out of Iona Preparatory School, Jerome played a minor role for Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers as a true freshman but blossomed into one of college basketball’s steadiest floor generals last season. The New York native earned averaged 13.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game this year earning All-ACC 2nd Team honors before playing some of the best basketball of his career during Virginia’s postseason run.
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Possesses excellent size for a point guard measured at 6-foot-5.5 in shoes with a 194-pound frame and a below-average 6-foot-4 wingspan. Average athlete who plays at his own speed but has an excellent feel for how to get to his spots.
Was the clear-cut leader of one of the slowest-paced, most efficient offensive teams in the country. Did his best work as a passer, showing excellent vision both within Virginia’s system and out of ball screens, but also made timely shots from the perimeter and midrange floaters in key moments late in the year. Has a unique maturity to his game proving to be perhaps the best game manager in college basketball last season.
Competes defensively and has excellent fundamentals, helping compensate for his lack of imposing physical tools. Has active hands poking at the ball, chips in on the glass, and knows when to give a foul.
Allowed 0.571 points per Isolation possession (79th percentile) serving as a viable cog within Virginia’s elite defense.
- Helped Virginia (35-3) win the 2018-19 national championship, the first title in school history.
- Selected to the 2019 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.
- Named All-ACC Second Team in 2018-19 and Third Team in 2017-18.
- Led the ACC and ranked 37th nationally in assists (5.5 apg).
- Posted career highs in points (13.6 ppg) and rebounds (4.2 rpg).
- Was fifth in the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (39.9).
- Totaled 16 points, eight assists, six rebounds and only one turnover in the national championship game vs. Texas Tech.
- Recorded six 20-point games, including 24 against Purdue and 21 against Auburn in the NCAA Tournament.
- Tied a school record with 14 assists against Syracuse (March 4).
- Versatile guard with a great feel for the game.
- Confident shooter off the catch.
- Has outstanding court vision.
- Very solid in the pick-and-roll.
- Mother, Melanie Walker, played basketball at Brandeis.
- Father, Mark Jerome, played at Lafayette College and has coached at the High School and AAU level.
- Played youth sports with current Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell while the two were growing up in New York/Connecticut area.