Charlotte the latest pre-draft stop for Jerome

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Ty Jerome was back in Charlotte on Wednesday.

With this year's NBA Draft now two weeks from Thursday, the former Virginia point guard was one of six prospects working out for the Charlotte Hornets. It was the latest pre-draft stop for Jerome, who has visited with at least three other teams since last month's combine in Chicago.

It's been 27 years since the Hornets took a point guard named Tony Bennett in the second round of the 1992 NBA Draft. On Wednesday, Jerome was asked how playing for Bennett the past three seasons at UVA prepared him for the rigors of the pre-draft process.

"He set the foundation. Coach Bennett and all the coaches there," Jerome told the Hornets website following his workout. "Just how to defend, how to communicate, and just how to compete, really. If you can stay humble and really compete and communicate, you'll always be fine."

"Part of the reason I chose to go to UVA was Coach Bennett and the staff -- the program they built, the foundation they set -- was based on many more of those same qualities," Jerome added. "And I figured that would best prepare me to reach my ultimate dream, which is here."

Jerome is one of three underclassmen who left UVA for this year's NBA Draft after helping the Cavaliers win the first NCAA title in program history. Recent mock drafts project the 6-5 point guard as a potential late-first to mid-second round pick.

"Just talking to my coach about it, talking to my family, and getting the feedback from the NBA," Jerome told the Hornets website, "it's all the right place, the right time."



 
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