Iona Prep Grad Enters NBA Draft

Iona Prep grad Ty Jerome announced on Instagram that he’s forgoing his senior season at the University of Virginia to enter the 2019 NBA Draft.

One week earlier, Jerome finished with 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds to help Virginia beat Texas Tech in overtime for the NCAA Division I title.

Jerome, an All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team pick, averaged 13.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and an ACC-high 5.4 assists per game.

Click here to see Jerome’s Instagram message.


Iona Prep Grad, Virginia Win Title

Iona Prep graduate Ty Jerome finished with 16 points, six rebounds and eight assists, leading the University of Virginia men’s basketball team to an 85-77 overtime victory over Texas Tech in the NCAA Division I title game on Monday night.

Jerome, a junior, earned a spot on the Final Four’s all-tournament team.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our Scholar-Athlete, who has proven himself time and again,” said Alex Malecki, director of communications & marketing at Iona Prep. “From a double-hip surgery that cost him a majority of his senior season, to last year’s humbling opening-round loss, Ty has demonstrated the faith, determination and perseverance–hallmarks of a Gael–in reaching the summit of college basketball Monday night. His alma mater is abuzz with excitement, and his accolades well-deserved.”

The Cavaliers scored 11 consecutive points in overtime to take an 81-73 lead with 23 seconds remaining.

Photo caption: Ty Jerome signs his National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Virginia on a scholarship.


Jerome, Virginia Playing for Title

Iona Prep graduate Ty Jerome and the University of Virginia men’s basketball team will meet Texas Tech for the NCAA Division I title at 9:20 tonight in Minneapolis on CBS.

In the 63-62 semifinal win over Auburn on Saturday, Jerome finished with game-highs of 21 points and six assists. He had a team-high nine rebounds.

The junior was a second-team All-ACC pick for the 2018-2019 season and a third-team selection last season.


Iona Prep Grad Off to Final Four

Iona Prep graduate Ty Jerome is competing in the NCAA Final Four when he leads the University of Virginia men’s basketball team against Auburn University at 6:09 p.m. Saturday in Minneapolis.

CBS is televising the game.

Jerome played a role in leading the Virginia (33-3) to the national semifinals. In Saturday’s 80-75 overtime win over Purdue, he finished with 24 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Two days earlier in the 53-49 Sweet 16 victory over Oregon, he had 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Jerome leads Virginia with 188 assists and 56 steals. He’s third on the team with his 13.3 points per game and four with his 4.0 rebounds per game.


Why follow Virginia in the NCAAs?

The answer is simple: Ty Jerome.

Jerome, an Iona Prep graduate, is a 6-foot-5 junior point guard who can help take the Cavaliers far in this year’s NCAA tournament.

Virginia, a No. 1 seed and the top seed for the recent ACC tournament, plays No. 16 Gardner-Webb in the opening round of the NCAA tournament at 3:10 p.m. Friday.

The second-team All-ACC performer has team highs with 166 assists and 51 steals. He’s third on the team with his 13 points per game and fourth with four rebounds per game. He has season highs of 25 points, nine rebounds, 14 assists and five steals.

Jerome earned third-team All-ACC honors in 2017-2018 and was the ACC Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 31 points against Boston College on Dec. 30, 2017.

Iona Preparing for “Opportunity”

Iona College is off to Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, to play top seed North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s Midwest Region at 9:20 p.m. Friday.

The Gaels will look to join the 2018 UMBC team as the only 16 seeds to beat a No. 1 seed.

“It’s a great opportunity to play against one of the best teams in the country,” said Iona coach Tim Cluess on after learning his team drew North Carolina.

“We’re going to go out and play the best basketball, the hardest basketball that Iona can play. Whatever the results are … You gotta believe you have a chance when it’s March.”

Iona became the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference program to win four consecutive conference men’s basketball tournaments when it defeated Monmouth, 81-60, in Albany March 11.

E.J. Crawford and Rickey McGill average 17.9 and 15.5 points per game, respectively, to lead the Gaels (17-15 overall), winners of 10 consecutive games.


Iona Men, Fordham Women Earn NCAA Tournament Berths

The Iona College mens’s basketball team and the Fordham University women’s basketball team earned automatic bids to their upcoming NCAA tournaments by winning their respective conference tournaments.

Iona became the first team to win four consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships when it defeated Monmouth, 81-60, in Albany. Rickey McGill was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

The Gaels (17-15 overall) will learn Sunday where it will be heading for the tournament.

Fordham won its 12th consecutive game by defeating top seed Virginia Commonwealth, 62-47, for the Atlantic-10 title. Bre Cavanaugh finished with 22 points and seven rebounds for the Rams.

Fordham (25-8) will find out Monday where it will be playing its first NCAA game.