NBPA Top 100: Sacha Killeya-Jones

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — He may have suspected something like this would happen, but Sacha Killeya-Jones still needs a little time to wrap his head around his newfound status.

The slender big man, stronger and infinitely more confident on the travel circuit than he was a year ago, recently decommitted from Virginia and in the aftermath has attracted offers from programs such as Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida and NC State.

For Sacha Killeya-Jones, then, this summer is about becoming reacquainted with his former suitors as well as attracting potential newcomers.

Based on his play at camp, he’s primed for a big July. He has gained noticeable strength and has appeared more comfortable battling inside. His greatest weapon remains a turnaround jump shot, and now he’s posting up deeper to take higher percentage attempts than he sometimes did previously.

”(This camp) is different from AAU and high school,” Killeya-Jones said. “AAU and high school, it’s three of four top guys, but there’s always the one mismatch. Everyone here is the best of the best.”

Killeya-Jones will launch some threes as well, but he’s at his best shooting those turnarounds and facing to 16 feet. He projects as an excellent offensive player from the high post and now is working hard to become more balanced inside and out.

”I’ve always been kind of a stretch four,” Killeya-Jones said, “but I’ve gotten stronger and have been lifting every day, so that’s helped my inside game.”

He noted that breaking things off with the Cavaliers was difficult, but ultimately the best decision.

”The main thing is I just felt like I committed a little too early,” he said. “I talked to Coach Bennett multiple times about it. I still feel good about Virginia.”

That being said, in these situations the player typically signs with a different program. To that end, Killeya-Jones recently made unofficial trips to Kentucky and North Carolina — his family lives in Chapel Hill.

”I really enjoyed (the UK trip),” he said. “Coach Cal is great, great facilities and everything. Coach (Kenny) Payne was great, too.”

As for the Tar Heels, Killeya-Jones sat down with Roy Williams recently and received his scholarship offer. His trip to campus enabled him to play pickup games with current and former players.

”I’m really grateful they let me go there and play with them,” he said. “It’s good to play against competition like that.”

Killeya-Jones will tour next month with Team Felton and attend the related Under Armour events. Listed at No. 64 in the rising senior class, he’s likely to get bumped up when we next update rankings.

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