Killeya-Jones adds to his game
Sacha Killeya-Jones, a junior at Lynchburg (Va.) Virginia Episcopal School, spent the fall in the weight room working on his strength and conditioning. That was evident on the court this past week in a match up against Mamadi Diakite and Blue Ridge School. Killeya-Jones played a tougher brand of ball in the paint, didn’t back down from physical play and more than held his own against a worthy opponent. “I’ve been feeding him gunpowder,” Staples said in response to his toughness. “We’ve been getting him tough. I told him prior to the season that, that was one of the knocks on him and that he didn’t play hard enough. He wasn’t a tough kid. He’s flipped that around now and is playing hard.” Killeya-Jones said he lifts five days a week and according to his coach he’s added 15 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-9, pushing 6-10 frame. The added strength appears to have helped Killeya-Jones’ confidence on the court. He was active and aggressive in the win over Blue Ridge School. Killeya-Jones showed good touch, blocked a couple of shots and ran the floor with a purpose. Virginia’s Tony Bennett was at the game on Thursday, as was assistants from North Carolina and Wake Forest. The Cavaliers have made Killeya-Jones a clear priority. Is there anything they can do to get a commitment from him soon? “I don’t think there is anything they can do to close me [soon],” he said. “They are doing really well right now. They are in contact a lot. I really like that program and everything. I just want to make sure when I take my visits that I find the right fit. I like UVa a lot right now. I just want to make sure I know what I’m doing and I talk to my family.” Killeya-Jones cited interest from a host of other schools including North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, Duke and George Washington. Killeya-Jones also took a pair of recent unofficial visits to Duke. “I went on a Wednesday and I didn’t have anything to do on the weekend so I went back for the Army game,” he said. “I talked to coach K and Nate James and he came out to our game.” While the four-star recruit doesn’t have anything set up yet, he’s planning to take another visit soon. “I don’t have anything planned, but I’ll probably end up going somewhere over the winter break,” he said. Killeya-Jones is regarded as the No. 9 power forward and the No. 62 center in the 2016 recruiting class.
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