After former North Carolina Tar Heel Cameron Johnson went off the board at No. 21 on Brew Hoop’s 2019 Community Draft Board, fellow ACC standout Ty Jerome was voted the No. 22 player in this year’s draft board class.
Jerome draws comparisons to another Virginia alum, one we know fairly well around these parts: Malcolm Brogdon. Like Brogdon, Jerome won’t wow anyone with his athleticism, but his IQ, his ability to run a team as a combo guard and his shooting stroke should all translate as he makes his way to the NBA. Following a leap from his freshman year to starting as a sophomore, Jerome’s junior season saw him become a central part of Virginia’s magical run to the NCAA title. His shooting splits are solid enough for a guard, going 78.8% from the free throw line (on relatively small volume, 1.4/game) but a proficient 39.2% from deep after averaging 4.5 and 5.4 attempts per game respectively his last two seasons.
His measurables won’t excite anyone, he’s one of those guys with a wingspan (6’4”) shorter than his height (6’5.5”). However, like most Virginia products, he played with intense discipline on both ends of the court. Expecting him to be a defensive stopper is a stretch, but at the very least, he’ll deliver quality defense within the context of a whole unit. The solid attribute about his shooting is that he is able to get short dribble pull-up jumpers, although how much separation he’ll be able to acquire at the next level is a legitimate question. He’ll need to hit on those too, because his finishing at the rim leaves something to be desired. He flashes a couple of the Brogdon quick lay-in before the defender realizes it moves in the compilation below, but most of the time his drives are to facilitate his solid passing game.
He shows great court awareness, giving some really nice reads to a roll man or Cavalier waiting in the dunker’s spot for fast finish at the rim. Additionally, his penetration led to kickouts for open triples from the perimeter, something that would certainly play nicely within Milwaukee’s scheme. He seems like a relatively similar player to me as Donte DiVincenzo, although perhaps with a little more passing savvy, a little less hops and less willingness to launch from supremely deep. If he were to fall to Milwaukee, I’m not sure he’d be at the top of my list given the glut of guards at the position and the seemingly lower ceiling for Jerome. That’s just my taste though. Oh ya, anyone else think he looks a little like Mose Schrute, too?
All right, let’s move onto pick #23.
My pick for the #23 spot on the community draft board is...
This poll is closed
Keldon Johnson - SF, Kentucky
Grant Williams - PF, Tennessee
Matisse Thybulle - SF, Washington
Dylan Windler - SF, Belmont
Talen Horton-Tucker - SF, Iowa State
Nic Claxton - C, Georgia
Brew Hoop Draft Board Rankings
- Zion Williamson - PF, Duke
- Ja Morant - PG, Murray State
- Jarrett Culver - SG, Texas Tech
- R.J. Barrett - SG, Duke
- Darius Garland - PG, Vanderbilt
- Coby White - SG, UNC
- De’Andre Hunter - SF, Virginia
- Cam Reddish - SF, Duke
- Sekou Doumbouya - PF, Limoges CSP, France
- Nassir Little - SF, UNC
- Jaxson Hayes - C, Texas
- Rui Hachimura - PF, Gonzaga
- Brandon Clarke - PF, Gonzaga
- Goga Bitadze - C, Mega Bemax, Adriatic Basketball Association
- P.J. Washington - PF, Kentucky
- Kevin Porter Jr. - SG, USC
- Bol Bol - PF, Oregon
- Tyler Herro - SG, Kentucky
- Romeo Langford - SG, Indiana
- Nickeil Alexander-Walker - SG, Virginia Tech
- Cameron Johnson - PF, UNC
- Ty Jerome - SG, Virginia