Champion Virginia loses Jerome to NBA draft

Virginia guard Ty Jerome is entering the NBA draft one week after helping guide the Cavaliers to a national championship in Minneapolis.

Jerome announced his decision via Instagram.

“I came to Virginia to win a national championship and to be able to do that with my brothers is a dream come true,” Jerome wrote. “I have had a basketball 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.”

Jerome said he knows it’s the right time because he’s “as ready as I’m going to be,” in a subsequent interview with Sports Illustrated.

Jerome averaged 13.6 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game last season. He was Virginia’s primary ballhandler but was technically the starting 2-guard for the Cavaliers. He said he patterns his game after a combination of Steve Nash and Klay Thompson.

The Cavaliers are bracing to lose Jerome and forward De’Andre Hunter from a team that lost only three games last season.

–Field Level Media