Jerome picked by 76ers, headed to Phoenix

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- For the first time in program history, Virginia has had a pair of players taken in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Point guard Ty Jerome became the second UVA player off the board when he was picked at No. 24 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night -- but is bound for the Phoenix Suns, following a reported flurry of draft night trades between the Sixers, Phoenix and Boston Celtics.

The 6-5 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.

Earlier in the draft, UVA guard De'Andre Hunter was picked with the No. 4 overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks -- by way of the Los Angeles Lakers, who will send Hunter to Atlanta once a pair of trades become official.

UVA last had a pair of players selected in the NBA Draft in 1995, when Cory Alexander went to the San Antonio Spurs at No. 29 in Round 1, and Junior Burrough was taken four picks later by the Boston Celtics in Round 2.



 
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