Penn received a commitment this weekend via Twitter from Ray Jerome. The six-foot-three guard from Albany, New York, is currently enrolled at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, where Quaker freshman, Tyler Hamilton, also attended as a post graduate.
Prior to attending Cheshire -- where he reclassified -- Jerome went to Albany Academy. In his early high school career, the young man was described primarily as a leaper, but has made major strides to better improve his game. “My high school career has been a lot of learning and some success, with a class A federation championship in New York my sophomore year,” Jerome told The Empire. “I then transferred to Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. Once I transferred, there was a huge jump in my recruiting from conferences like the A-10, CAA, Patriot League, WCC, and a lot more.”
In 2014, Jerome played AAU basketball for Albany City Rocks, where he competed with Notre Dame commit Elijah Burns and Syracuse commit Tyler Lydon in the Nike EYBL league. This summer, he played with the N.Y. Jayhawks.
Moreover, he says that two aspects of his game will specifically be a good addition for the Quakers.
“I bring a lot of shooting and athleticism to the team.” Jerome added that he believes these components of his game, especially the ability to knock down the three, will fit well with coach Steve Donahue’s philosophy.
Thanks to these strengths, Jerome was ranked as the 14th best high school player in Connecticut and the 26th best player in the New England area by the www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com. Furthermore, during the 2014 season, he was named to the St. Andrew’s Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team.
Now, Jerome is starting to prepare himself for the conclusion of his high school basketball career and the jump to the Ivy League. “My goals going into my senior year are to finish strong in my classes and, in terms of basketball, be the NESPAC class AA champions.”
Other than Penn, the guard has earned offers from Bucknell, Yale, Fordham, and multiple other schools. He will join A.J. Brodeur of Northfield-Mt. Hermon School, local product Devon Goodman, and Ryan Betley, the six-foot-five guard from Downingtown West High School, in Penn’s 2016 recruiting class.
Here is a look at some of his highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntFVm9xBRNs
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