|Junior||6’5″ 195||PG/SG||Virginia||21 Yrs. Old|
|13.6 ppg||4.2 rpg||5.5 apg||FG: 43.5%||3 PT: 39.9%|
Strengths: Outside Shooting, Passing, Efficiency
Weaknesses: Athleticism, Position Fit, Perimeter Defense
Jerome helped lead Virginia to the national championship, the first in school history. Despite being a four star recruit, Jerome did not get much playing time as freshman averaging 4.3 points per game in a reserve role. He took a big jump his sophomore season starting all 34 games averaging 10.6 points and 3.9 assists taking playing both off the ball and as the lead guard. As a junior he improved once again to 13.6 points and 5.5 assists showcasing more of an ability to play as the point guard and look for teammates just as much as scoring. The development of his point guard skills is something that has caused his draft stock to rise, and it only makes you a more valuable prospect when you have 6’5″ size and can play both the one or the two at the college level. His efficiency on the offensive end both shooting the ball and limiting turnovers was impressive. He averaged only 1.6 turnovers per game as a junior primarily being the primary ball handler, while shooting the three pointer at 39.9% on 5.4 attempts. This is the kind of smart and efficient game that thrives with the fast pace of the professional level. Jerome has shown the ability to create his own shot or come off of a screen, with a solid mid range jumper. Time will tell if he is able to create and get his shot off at the same rate he did in college, but he showed that at the college level he could do it efficiently.
His athleticism is definitely a question mark, in addition to whether or not he can effectively play the point guard position at the NBA level. Although the guard play in the ACC is tough competition, the NBA is an entirely different animal. He will most likely be playing both guard positions throughout his pro career, but initially there will be much less of an adjustment when playing off of the ball. Guarding opposing point guards could be an issue, and he could add some strength to help dealing with defending the shooting guards in the league. Jerome has played well against the best competition that college basketball has to offer, and despite some of the legitimate questions about how his game translates, he has shown that he can play at a high level. The lack of length in his wingspan is concerning adding to a lack of athleticism which will make certain aspects of the pro game much more difficult. His defensive development and finding a definitive role on a team will be essential to him sticking in the league.
These highlights show off his versatile offensive game:
Second Team All-ACC✅— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) April 15, 2019
Bob Cousy Award Finalist✅
Ty Jerome makes the Virginia offense go and now he’ll look to do the same for an NBA team! 💪 #Wahoowa⚔️ (@UVAMensHoops, @tyjerome) pic.twitter.com/gi3AyYad9B
Jerome is seen as a late first to mid second round pick. There is a possibility he falls further than that, as with any draft prospect, but many analysts don’t expect him to be on the board when the second round begins. His ceiling as a professional is a solid combo guard that receives significant minutes, being able to both score and control an offense at an effective level. The worst case scenario for Jerome is that after being drafted he struggles with the athleticism in the NBA, unable to find a significant role on a team, playing limited minutes or ending up in the G League/overseas.