Wednesday, November 11 marked the first day of the fall signing period, and it took less than 48 hours for the new Hoos to sign their letters of intent. Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, Jay Huff, and DeAndre Hunter each signed on the dotted line, thus officially joining the Virginia basketball program.
The quartet of future Wahoos make up a top ten class, but the crazy thing is, the top ranking does not include arguably the two top newcomers for the 2016-17 season. Memphis transfer Austin Nichols and former five-star Mamadi Diakite are already in Charlottesville, and will spend the upcoming winter learning the pack-line defense. The two big men will join the elite recruiting class in helping the Wahoos reload after losing four seniors this year.
Let's take a closer look at the class of 2016.
6-5, 190 pounds
New Rochelle, N.Y
Iona College Prep
The skinny: Averaged 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a junior for Iona College Varsity Prep under head coach Vic Quirolo in 2014-15. Jerome earned all-state, all-conference and all-metro honors. In addition, he was named Westchester Player of the Year and team most valuable player. Jerome is ranked No. 50 on Rivals’ 2016 Prospect Ranking list and No. 52 on ESPN’s 2016 Prospect Ranking list.
"Officially" a wahoo! Speechless pic.twitter.com/giATTsHs7j— Ty Jerome (@TyJerome_) November 12, 2015
6-2, 165 pounds
The skinny: Averaged 19.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists during his junior season at Lawrence Central High School under head coach Al Gooden. Guy earned all-conference and all-county honors, and was named a Junior Indiana All-Star. Guy earned all-conference and all-county honors after averaging 14.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists for Lawrence Central as a sophomore in 2013-14. Guy is ranked No. 25 on ESPN’s 2016 Prospect Ranking list and No. 44 on Rivals’ 2016 Prospect Ranking list.
6-11, 190 pounds
The skinny: Averaged 16.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots as a junior for Voyager Academy for his father and head coach Mike Huff in 2014-15. Huff led Voyager Academy to a 29-3 record and was named to the North Central 1A all-conference team. Huff is ranked No. 87 on Scout’s 2016 Prospect Ranking list.
6-7, 195 pounds
The skinny: Averaged 21.6 points, 11.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists during his junior season at Friends’ Central High School under head coach Ryan Tozer last season. He earned team most valuable player honors as Friends’ Central posted a 20-7 record. Hunter is ranked No. 66 on Rivals’ 2016 Prospect Ranking list and No. 77 on ESPN’s 2016 Prospect Ranking list.