LAS VEGAS -- Before he committed to Virginia, before he became a four-star power forward and long before he re-opened his recruitment on June 2, Sacha Killeya-Jones knew about California.
“It’s kind of funny – one of my teachers when I was younger, he went to Cal, so he’s in my ear about Cal. I know a lot about it,” Killeya-Jones says of his sixth grade teacher. As soon as Killeya-Jones heard from Cuonzo Martin and the Bears – the week after he de-committed from the Cavaliers – he had to laugh. “I have a lot of memories of Cal before they even contacted me, and when they did, that was the first person I thought of.”
Killeya-Jones is teaming up with fellow 2016 Bears offeree Javin DeLaurier on Team Loaded VA during the adidas Uprising in Las Vegas, and the two are a deadly frontcourt combo.
The 2016 prospect is a high-motor forward who can run the court and leap with the most athletic of guards, and his length allows him to be a high-level rim protector, as well. He’s also a conscientious defender, and while there are still some rough spots to smooth out in his game (his handle being one), the 6-foot-10, 205-pound prospect could be a potential replacement for Ivan Rabb, if he leaves after one season in Berkeley.
With that in mind, Martin and assistant Yanni Hufnagel have teamed up to recruit Killeya-Jones, and both were on hand on Wednesday to watch his game.
“Obviously that’s a big-time situation,” Killeya-Jones said. “They have a great program, and they’ve got great recruits coming in, in Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, so it’s definitely an up-and-coming program. Great location, great coach in coach Martin, and coach Hufnagel has been great. I like a lot about it.”
Hufnagel, in particular, has left a mark on Killeya-Jones.
“Coach Huf is probably one of the most aggressive recruiters out there. He’s a cool guy. It’s an every-day type thing. He’s cool, and he’s calling every day. Coach Huf, out of everybody, he’s probably talked to me the most.”
Killeya-Jones doesn’t have any visits planned yet, and wants to take his time before committing again. Academically, Killeya-Jones has a 3.3 GPA.