Will Duke Re-Establish Contact With 4* PF?

There was major news in the class of 2016 on Tuesday afternoon when four star power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones backed off his commitment to Virginia and re-opened his recruitment. So what does that mean for Duke?

Four star power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones de-committed from Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, and has decided to look around at other options.

”I decided to step back and reopen my recruitment,” Killeya-Jones told Scout.com’s Rob Harrington “I feel like I may have rushed my decision. I still love Virginia but just want to reaffirm that’s the right choice for me and plan to take some other visits.”

Prior to committing to the Cavaliers, the nation’s No. 38 overall prospect had offers from Charlotte, George Washington, Georgetown, Notre Dame, VCU, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.


As for Duke, the Blue Devils had begun tracking the 6-foot-10 Virginia Episcopal School product late last summer and even had him down for a visit when the Blue Devils beat Furman on November 26th. However, before he earned a schoarlship offer, Killeya-Jones had committed to Virginia.

“The game was fun to watch, the crowd was pretty good even with the Cameron Crazies not actually being there since they were on break,” Killeya-Jones told TDD. “It was a little less than usual, but it was fun even still and we were right behind the bench during the game and then after the game we sat down with Coach K. That was the first time we really spent a long time around Coach K, it was me, my coach, my mom and my little brother and I know my little brother really really enjoyed talking to him. It was just kinda cool to talk to Coach K in person, we had a really good feel for what he was talking about.”
Assistant coach Nate James was the lead recruiter during the first round of recruiting, and that relationship was the pivot point of Duke’s approach according to Killeya-Jones.

“I went to the camp he did with Chris Carrawell when I was younger for two years, so I guess you can say we have some history there. With Coach James, he’s just so easy to talk to, he keeps everything honest when talking with recruiting and all that stuff.”

With his recruitment now, once again, wide open it will be interesting to see if the Blue Devils re-establish contact. Currently Duke no true power forward on the roster beyond the 2015-2016 season. However, Coach Krzyzewski’s program is in hot pursuit of the nation’s top overall player, PF Harry Giles as well as small forward Jayson Tatum who could play the stretch four in Duke’s system. Both players, however, are thought to be one and done.

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