The area’s top returning player for next season will, indeed, return. After giving at least some consideration to leaving for prep school, Ty Jerome said today he will be back at Iona Prep for his senior season.
“I’m staying at Iona,” Jerome said. “100 percent.”
Jerome received interest from top northeast prep schools. The school that most interested the 6-foot-4 Virginia commit was Northfield Mount Hermon. He visited the campus this spring in Gill, Mass.
Jerome’s return will fortify the Gaels off perhaps the best season in program history. They won 22 games and earned New York Archdiocesan regular season and postseason titles, but will be forced to account for the graduation of their second and third-leading scorers, Matt Ryan (Notre Dame) and Tom Capuano (Manhattan).
After averaging 20.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game as a junior, Jerome was named The Journal News’ Westchester/Putnam player of the year, earned first-team all-state honors and was the second-leading vote getter in the CHSAA’s all-league awards. He finished behind Christ the King junior Rawle Alkins, the league MVP, who is not expected to return next season after expiring his eligibility.
Jerome is scheduled to participate in the Mary Kline Classic on Saturday in West Orange, N.J. He also earned invites to and will participate in the Nike Skills Academy and the NBA Top 100 Camp next month.