Following in the footsteps of future teammate Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome took to Twitter on Sunday to tell Wahoo fans what number they will get to see him in next season and beyond.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Decision made! Wearing number 11 next year Charlottesville !! <a href="http://t.co/EeOP0vzFCu">pic.twitter.com/EeOP0vzFCu</a></p>— Ty Jerome (@TyJerome_) <a href="https://twitter.com/TyJerome_/status/630544138547666944">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Jerome wears No. 1 for his high school team.
Jerome will wear No. 11, picking up from where Evan Nolte will leave off when he graduates in May. The New Rochelle, N.Y. native will play guard at UVa, and joins a group of Cavaliers who have worn that number that is nothing if not memorable.
Garland Jefferson (1978-80) was a co-captain on the 1979-80 team that led Virginia to their first of two NIT championships.
- Othell Wilson (1980-84) was a fixture in the first golden era of Virginia basketball, going to the NCAA tournament all four years he played - the first and last of which saw the Hoos go to the Final Four. His 1982 injury in the ACC tournament very well could have cost Virginia another Final Four run - former Virginia coach Terry Holland called that team "our best and most flexible team during the Sampson years."
- Richard Morgan (1985-89) is most remembered in UVa lore for his spectacular outing against North Carolina in University Hall in 1989. His 39 points on 13-of-25 shooting (8-for-14 from three) came when Terry Holland was out sick; read more about Morgan's career and that game in particular on the UVa website.
- Doug Smith (1989-93) played a key role as a substitute as the Hoos won the NIT again in 1992, and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 1993.
- Greg Lyons (1997-99) played under Jeff Jones and Pete Gillen for a year each. He came back in 2010 as the Director of Operations for the UVa women's team in the 2010-11 season, Debbie Ryan's last year as the legendary Virginia coach.
- Majestic Mapp (1999-04) might be the greatest individual "What If?" in UVa basketball history. The high school All-American had NBA potential before a torn ACL 15 years ago forced him to sit out in 2000-01, and another surgery cost him the following season as well. Mapp's career never recovered, and one wonders how those Gillen-era teams might have turned out if the injury never occurred.
- Lars Mikalauskas (2005-08) was a relatively strong contributor, mostly off the bench, at power forward for the early Dave Leitao teams. He underwent shoulder surgery in April 2008, and was expected to return for the following season. However, he would never play for Virginia again, kicked off the team the following August due to academic issues.
- Rob Vozenilek (2011-12) wore the number his first year, before switching to No. 21 in 2013-14 and No. 23 this past season.
- Where do you even begin with Evan Nolte (2012-16)? Maybe the most photogenic Virginia player ever, the Georgia native is a stout defender on a team that uses the Pack Line defense as its calling card, and he had a few big plays offensively in the 2014 NCAA tournament. He helped save the Cavaliers' bacon in the first round against Coastal Carolina with a couple huge threes, and put the exclamation point on their Round of 32 win over Memphis.
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So, fans, how do you see Jerome stacking up against the likes of Wilson, Morgan, and Nolte when his time in Charlottesville is through?