Sacha Killeya-Jones is a more physically imposing young player since last summer. Heck, he's more physically imposing than he was in the fall.
Now fluctuating between 205 and 210 pounds, Killeya-Jones has put on needed mass and is playing with greater balance. He has retained the skill that first placed him onto the map — a smooth turnaround jump shot, impressive hand/eye coordination and ample mobility — and added a power component.
He recently got the better of fast-rising forward Mamadi Diakite, and at the HSOT he continued his improved play. Frankly, in my view he looks somewhat low in our rankings at No. 62 based on his new physique and attitude.
"You got some glimpses (here) of what he can do," said VES coach Curtis Staples, who obvious was disappointed with his team's play but still recognized his big man's effort.
Killeya-Jones actually was a football player a couple years ago but outgrew the sport — he said he sprouted from 6-3 as a freshman to 6-8 as a sophomore — and has adjusted to his introduction to national competition.
"It's been good for me to go against some bigger guys," Killeya-Jones said. "We have two strength coaches and lifted all fall."
He noted that along with his newfound muscle, it's his confidence and experience that have made him more assertive and physical inside.
Not surprisingly, his recruitment continues to churn. He has taken visits to Virginia, Wake Forest, George Washington, Georgetown, North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State, with interest from outside the region coming from Rutgers, Notre Dame, Alabama and others.
Killeya-Jones will continue to be a top evaluation priority for us going forward, including his rising senior summer as he attempts to slot himself among the country's best big men.