UVA Men’s Basketball |  Offseason Finds Jerome in Family Setting

UVA Men’s Basketball | Offseason Finds Jerome in Family Setting


By Jeff White (jwhite@virginia.edu)
VirginiaSports.com

CHARLOTTESVILLE — He grew up in New York, and that will always be home for Ty Jerome, whose parents still live there. But the affection he developed for this grown college town during his three years at the University of Virginia has only since Jerome left for the NBA in 2019.

“This is definitely my second home,” Jerome said before a recent workout at John Paul Jones Arena.

A 6-foot-5 guard who’s heading into his third season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jerome has rented a house in Albemarle County, and he plans to be here at least until the middle of the month. He’ll be working out with UVA alumnus Damin Altizer, the founder and CEO of DR1VEN Training, as well as with Mike Curtis and Kenny Szabo.

Curtis is the longtime strength and conditioning coach for Virginia men’s basketball, and Szabo is the director of sport performance at ADAPT, a training system Curtis created. That head athletic trainer Ethan Saliba is always nearby at JPJ adds to Charlottesville’s appeal for Jerome, who has one year left on his deal with OKC.

“With this being a contract year coming up, I just feel like there’s no better place to focus in and get better than where I took my biggest leap as a basketball player, from my second year to third year in college,” Jerome said.

He might end up keeping a year-round residence in the area. He learned last summer, Jerome said, that “it’s a lot easier when you’re in one place, because so much of our season is traveling that I kind of like to rest and be in one place to work out and have peace and quiet . I like that here.”

He won’t be playing for the Thunder’s entry in the Las Vegas Summer League next month, but he and the team’s other veterans “will be in Vegas,” Jerome said, “and we’ll play pickup for a few days. But other than that, I’m just working out every day. The weight room is going to be a big aspect for me, as it is every summer.”

This week, he’s been focused on the second annual Ty Jerome Basketball Camp, which he and Altizer held at Charlottesville High School. The camp, for boys and girls ages 8-14, had about 50 more campers than in 2021, but its purpose didn’t change.

“It’s more about making sure everybody has fun,” said Jerome, whose sister Maya was a camper, “than kind of really locking in and being super instructional and detailed and giving lectures and speeches and watching film and all that stuff.”

Those assisting at the camp included Jerome’s brother, Kobe, and former UVA players Jack Salt, who flew in from New Zealand, and Grant Kersey.

Salt and Kersey were among Jerome’s teammates when Virginia won the NCAA title in 2019. Two other players from that team—De’Andre Hunter and Kyle Guy—are expected back at JPJ this summer, as is Devon Hall, whose final season at UVA was 2017-18.

“So I think most of our team will be back,” Jerome said.

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