Ty’s time to turn pro: UVA’s Ty Jerome to skip senior season, enter NBA Draft

Posted at 11:41 AM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 18:49:49-04

Ty Jerome #11 of the Virginia Cavaliers. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Jerome is jumping to the next level.

In a post on his Instagram page, Virginia junior guard Ty Jerome announced he will forego his senior season at UVA, hire an agent and enter the 2019 NBA Draft.

Jerome averaged career highs in points (13.6), rebounds (4.2) and assists (5.5) during his junior season in 2018-19. Jerome netted six 20-point games, including 24 against Purdue and 21 against Auburn in the NCAA Tournament. Jerome registered three double-doubles and tied a school record with 14 assists at Syracuse. Jerome, who was two-time All-ACC  honoree, totaled 1,011 points, 317 rebounds and 384 assists in 105 career games in three seasons at UVA.

Ty Jerome celebrates a three. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

“I would like to thank Coach Bennett and his staff for recruiting me and giving me the opportunity to play at this level,” Jerome said in a statement. “This is the hardest decision of my life because of how much I loved my teammates and my three years at UVA. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be for the NBA Draft and I’m excited to go chase this dream.”

He was voted to the 2019 Final Four all-tournament team, joining teammates Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter.

The 2019 NBA Draft is Thursday June 20th.

In addition to his video message on Instagram, Jerome’s caption reads:

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!