Ty Jerome '16 Becomes First Iona Prep Player Drafted Into NBA
The Class of 2016's Ty Jerome has broken a lot of records. As a junior, he helped bring Iona Preparatory basketball its first Class AA Archdiocesan title. This past April, as a junior at the University of Virginia, he became the first Gael to win a collegiate national title. And on June 20, he became the first alumnus selected in the NBA Draft, going in the first round, no less.
Perhaps fittingly, he will begin his professional career with the Phoenix Suns. Jerome has had to rise like the mythological phoenix several times already, following double-hip surgery his senior year of high school and after his then No. 1-seeded Cavaliers became the first in NCAA history to lose to a No. 16 in last year's March Madness Tournament.
“We imagine this moment must be especially sweet for Ty, having gone from the frustration of losing his high school senior season to double hip surgery, to the euphoria of winning a national championship and now being selected in the first round of the NBA Draft,” said Brother Thomas R. Leto, president of Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, New York. “But that senior season showed us the man the Phoenix Suns are getting—a mentally and physically strong young man who is as committed to the process and his community as he is to the game. We were proud of him then, and even more so now.”
Yet again, the moment was meandering and hard-earned. The No. 24 pick belonged to the Philadelphia 76ers, who traded it to the Boston Celtics, who in turn, traded it to the Suns.
While at The Prep, Jerome was the Player of the Year for both MSG Varsity's All-Hudson Team and The Journal News' Westchester-Putnam Team in 2015. He also finished second in the CHSAA's Player of the Year voting.
“Ty was the epitome of the Iona Prep scholar-athlete, every bit as cerebral in the classroom as he was on the court,” Iona Preparartory Athletic Director Bernard A. Mahoney said. “Looks like we’ll be adding a purple and orange jersey to the collection outside my office.”