UVa starts 2015 strong, scores Killeya-Jones
The year of 2014 was a good one for Tony Bennett and Virginia. After winning the ACC conference championship and the ACC tournament, the Cavaliers secured a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, made it to the Sweet 16 and finished the year with a 30-7 record. Now in the 2014-2015 season, Virginia sits at 12-0 and ranks as high as No. 3 in the country. The Cavaliers are clearly rolling on the court and it’s helping off of it. On Thursday, Bennett and his staff started 2015 off with a commitment. UVa picked up a pledge from four-star power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones. “UVa made me a priority and I really appreciated it,” Killeya-Jones told Scout. “Coach Bennett was great. He’s communicated really well with me. I enjoyed all my visits and I think it’s the right fit for me.” Killeya-Jones, a 6-foot-10 power forward out of Lynchburg (Va.) Virginia Episcopal School, also strongly considered Georgetown, Virginia, Wake Forest and a host of other high major programs. A 2016 recruit, Killeya-Jones clearly had plenty of options. But when he was home from prep school for the holidays, Killeya-Jones and his family wondered what was holding him back from making a commitment to Virginia. “I was talking to my parents and we were talking the past couple days about decision-making,” he said. “We were just wondering what we were waiting on. We just liked them a lot and were comfortably with Tony Bennett. I just don’t think you could get much better than UVa.” Killeya-Jones was invited to Virginia’s elite camp early in his high school career and since the Virginia staff has build a strong relationship with him. “I got invited to a camp the summer going into my sophomore year,” he said. “That was the first time I got on their campus. That was the first time I got to meet their coaching staff and everything.” “He’s really easy to talk to,” Killeya-Jones said about Bennett. “He’s an honest guy. He doesn’t play a lot of games. He gets straight to the point. He tells you exactly how he feels and I appreciate that.” Virginia now holds three commitments in the 2016 class. All three are ranked among Scout’s top 100 prospects. Killeya-Jones, who ranks No. 62 overall, joins Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome to make up UVa’s 2016 class. Guy ranks No. 89, while Jerome checks in at No. 96.
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