Recruiting services had ranked Ty Jerome as the top player in New York state. He was a likely finalist for “Mr. Basketball” and a strong favorite to win the CHSAA’s player of the year. Instead, a senior season that began with so much promise was cut short Monday.
After several doctor visits the last two weeks, the Iona Prep star learned he will need hip surgery to repair a torn labrum and a misshaped ball socket in his right and will miss the remainder of the season. He will undergo further tests on his left hip and expects to need a similar surgery there as well.
Jerome, a 6-foot-5 Virginia commit, had missed the last four games with soreness in his hips — an injury that dates to last season.
“I was hoping I could rehab or maybe the problem could require a quick surgery,” he said. “I spoke to (Virginia) coach (Tony) Bennett today and everyone’s on the same page. I think it’s best for my future to get the surgery as soon as possible.”
If he has to have double-hip surgery, the procedures will occur a few weeks apart. Still, with a four-to-six month recovery, he expects to be healthy in time to start practice with the Cavaliers in October.
“College is what I need to be healthy for,” he said. “I have really big goals and I want to be 100 percent as much and as soon as possible.”
Jerome joined the Iona Prep varsity late in his freshman year and quickly evolved into one of the CHSAA’s top players as a sophomore. He was a first-team all-league player as a junior when Iona Prep had perhaps the best season in program history. The Gaels won a New York Archdiocesan title for the first time ever and advanced to the CHSAA ‘AA’ semifinals. Jerome finished as the league’s second-leading vote-getter behind player of the year Rawle Alkins of Christ the King. He was a first-team all-state selection and was named The Journal News’ Westchester/Putnam player of the year.
Jerome had committed to Virginia prior to last season, but his stock continued to rise last summer playing for the PSA Cardinals on Nike’s elite AAU circuit, the EYBL. He was considered a consensus Top 50 player in the Class of 2016 entering the season.
The hip pain had forced Jerome to miss events last summer, but he signed with Virginia in November and began the season weeks later, seemingly healthy. He starred during Iona Prep’s 5-2 start, which included victories over city powers Christ the King, Wings Academy and Cardinal Hayes. The soreness persisted, and he missed the last four games.
The Gaels currently stand at 7-4 and lead the CHSAA’s ‘AA’ New York Archdiocesan standings at 5-1.