UVa starts 2015 strong, scores Killeya-Jones

Virginia had a great year in 2014 and they have things rolling as they head into 2015. On January 1st, the Cavaliers added their third pledge of the 2016 recruiting class.

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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