In March of 2018 Ty Jerome experienced the lowest of basketball lows. His Virginia Cavaliers were ousted by the UMBC Retrievers, becoming the first number one seed to fall to a sixteenth-seeded team in NCAA Tournament history.
In April of 2019 Jerome experienced the highest of basketball highs. His Cavaliers defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders to capture Virginia’s first national title.
In July of 2019 Jerome is a rookie guard for the Phoenix Suns, a team still in the NBA. And just in case the Phoenix faithful are taking their basketball to seriously, the 22-year-old introduced some levity to the NBA Summer League in breathtaking Las Vegas, Nevada.
Former #UVa basketball star Ty Jerome is trolling during the Phoenix Suns NBA Summer League game tonight wearing a UMBC T-Shirt covered with a Virginia "championship 2019 shirt" emblem. pic.twitter.com/i2VNE9hUd6— Marty Hudtloff (@martyhudtloff) July 10, 2019
Trolling is probably unfair. I’m sure we’re all thinking the same thing, though. That we can’t wait for Jerome and UMBC product Jairus Lyles to battle it out for the right to claim the eleven seed in the Western Conference.
Unfortunately, we’ll not see Jerome play in Summer League, so all we have is the t-shirt news. Your next opportunity to watch the Summer Suns will come in a couple of hours when they face the Memphis Grizzlies. You can watch on NBA TV.