After a stellar junior season with the Virginia Cavaliers that culminated in an NCAA title, Ty Jerome has earned some looks in the NBA. With the deadline to submit his name to the NBA Draft process approaching, Jerome has made a decision on his pro future.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated on Monday morning, Jerome revealed that he has decided to declare for the NBA draft. He announced on his Instagram page that he intends to sign with an agent.
Jerome is coming off his best year as a college player. In 37 starts, he averaged 13.6 points per game and a team-leading 5.5 assists per game.
But Jerome saved some of his best performances for the biggest stages.
Virginia's Ty Jerome will sign with an agent and enter the 2019 NBA Draft, per his Instagram page.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 15, 2019
Jerome had 24 points against Purdue in the Elite Eight, and followed that up a terrific performance against Auburn in the Final Four. In that game, Jerome led the team in points (21), rebounds (8), and assists (6).
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The last three years at Virginia have been everything I could have dreamed of in a college experience. When Coach Bennett recruited me he said he would never stop challenging me to improve, on and off the court – and he meant it. He did that every single day, and he made me a better basketball player and better man. I am eternally grateful to him and the entire coaching staff, and fans. I also want to give a special thank you to our strength coach, coach Curtis and our athletic trainer, Ethan Saliba; the best in the business! I came to Virginia to win a national championship and to be able to do that with my brothers is a dream come true. And to the best fans in college basketball – we would not have done it without you. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank my mom, dad, brother and entire family. The time, effort and love they have given me is truly a gift, and I would not have had this opportunity without them. I have had a ball in my hand basically since the day I was born. My dream has always been to play in the NBA. Therefore, after speaking with my family and coaches and giving it a lot of thought, I know it’s the right time to announce that I will be entering the NBA draft and signing with an agent. I will forever be a wahoo🧡 UVA, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!
In the NCAA Championship Game, Jerome had a team-leading eight assists along with 16 points in a 85-77 overtime win over Texas Tech to claim Virginia’s first-ever NCAA title.
Jerome currently projects as a top-40 pick per Bleacher Report.
Tankathon views him as a top-30 pick and projects him going to the Utah Jazz at No. 23 overall.