""As early as the sixth and seventh grade you could see that there was something special between Jerome and a basketball, almost always when the bell sounds he would be the last one to leave the court getting in another shot.Hard work and determination proved very rewarding for him. In school he had a kind spirit and smiled often,he would never meet a stranger because he had no problem talking to anyone.Hearing that he carried the same personality throughout life was classic Jerome. It was an honor to have known him. With deepest sympathy to the Kersey family. -"
"As a high school alumni and basketball teammate I was not surprised Jerome would go on to accomplish such great things in life. Judging from all that I have seen, heard, and read about him, I'm also not surprised at the many positives about the type of person he was to so many! I saw that in him when neither of us knew exactly how our lives would end up beyond high school. Jerome you will always be a true inspiration to all of us who watched you evolve into one of the great ones! I was blessed to have known you brother!"
"This is heartbreaking. I was lucky to meet him several times as a kid. As an adult, when I recently saw him on TV, that little kid in me started jumping up and down again. It brought me back to the excitement of the game that has been missing for quite some time. Thank you for your energy, loyalty, and love for Portland. May you "Bust-a-bucket " on heaven's court."