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Virginia Lands 2016 Iona Prep Point Guard Ty Jerome

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It didn’t take Ty Jerome long to pull the trigger for Virginia.

The 6-foot-3 Iona Prep (N.Y.) point guard verbally committed on Tuesday after visiting the school this past weekend.

“The place is unreal. The campus, the facilities, the arena are unbelievable. The coaching staff and players are terrific people,” Jerome told after committing.

“The confidence coach [Tony] Bennett has in me and the way he spoke to me really got to me. He told me what I need to improve and exactly how I need to do it to reach another level. He also showed me exactly how I fit in the system using film and I just feel that I’m not going to find a better place. It’s the perfect fit.”

Jerome also held offers from Temple, GW, Rutgers, Davidson, Harvard, Princeton, Rhode Island and St. Joe’s, but  Alesi said the ACC school was a perfect fit.

“Ty had some outstanding programs and great coaches recruiting him,” New Heights coach Chris Alesi said. “Virginia’s combination of academics and basketball at the highest level were the deciding factors. Tony Bennett made him his top priority for the 2016 class, and it’s the perfect fit. Both are sons of coaches, who think the game a certain way and the system they play is very conducive to Ty’s greatest strengths. He will be very successful at UVA”

Jerome’s Iona Prep teammate, 2015 small forward Matt Ryan, is headed to fellow ACC program Notre Dame.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.