OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder acquired guard Ty Jerome, a former Virginia men's basketball standout, as part of a package in exchange for perennial All-Star Chris Paul and Abdel Nader. Jalen Lecque, forward Kelly Oubre Jr., guard Ricky Rubio and a 2022 first-round draft pick were also received from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Nader and Paul.
Jerome (6-5, 195) appeared in 31 career games in his rookie season with Phoenix, averaging 3.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 10.6 minutes per contest. The Virginia product was originally selected 24th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Jerome led UVA to its first NCAA title in 2018-19. He averaged career highs in points (13.6), rebounds (4.2) and assists (5.5) during his junior season in 2018-19. The two-time All-ACC honoree netted six 20-point games, including 24 against Purdue and 21 against Auburn in the NCAA Tournament. He totaled 1,011 points, 317 rebounds and 384 assists in 105 career games in three seasons at UVA.