Jerome talks NBA Draft decision

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Ty Jerome made what could be his final appearance as a Virginia student Saturday afternoon, throwing out the first pitch before Virginia baseball played a doubleheader against Florida State.

Jerome's pitch wasn't exactly a strike, but that was the least of his worries. The Virginia guard, still basking in the glow of helping the Cavaliers win the first national championship in men's basketball history is beginning the next phase of his basketball career.

On Monday, Jerome announced via Instagram he will enter the 2019 NBA Draft.

"I sat down with coach Bennett," Jerome said Saturday, "I sat down with my family and I thought about it I feel like they're people I really trust and after thinking about it, I knew it was the right decision to make. I got to just go chase it with two feet in."

A 6-5 guard, Jerome averaged 13.6 in 37 starts for the Wahoos this season. His 202 assists and 57 steals both led UVA. He shot 43.5 percent from the floor, including 39.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line, and his 79 3-pointers were second on the team.

Jerome averaged 16.5 points in the Cavaliers' six NCAA Tournament games, including 24 in UVA's overtime win against Purdue in the Elite Eight, 21 in the team's Final Four victory against Auburn, and 16 against Texas Tech in the national championship game.

"I'm going to miss this place tremendously," Jerome said. "Everything they've done for me here, this is really the place I took my game to the next level. All the relationships I created here. It was super difficult to make the decision to leave here. I'm going to miss it tremendously, but I feel like the people, the coaching staff, my teammates, everyone around me prepared me to make this choice."

Many mock drafts project Jerome as a late first round selection in Junes NBA Draft. Jerome is one of four Wahoos to declare, joining De'Andre Hunter, Kyle Guy and Mamadi Diakite.