Killeya-Jones To Visit UNC

During the entire 2013 Fall Evaluation Period, a handful of schools watched Sacha Killeya-Jones during open gym sessions. This year, nearly 20 have visited in only three weeks.

One of those schools was North Carolina. Assistant coach C.B. McGrath visited last week and it won’t be the coach’s last time at Lynchburg (Va.) Virginia Episcopal.

“When he (McGrath) was here we ran and did strength training for like 45 minutes,” Killeya-Jones said. “We had a 20-minute workout after that and then we were done. I talked to him briefly for about 30 seconds. He said he’ll come back for a workout or a game with Coach (Roy) Williams.”

In the days since, Killeya-Jones’s family has arranged for him to take an unofficial visit to Carolina, during “Late Night with Roy.” While it’ll be his first recruiting visit for “Late Night with Roy,” that doesn’t mean he’s unfamiliar with Carolina.

Killeya-Jones is a Chapel Hill native and he lives only about five minutes from the Smith Center. Being that close to UNC has given him an easy look at the Carolina program.

“I really like them,” he explained. “It’s a great program, one of the most historic in the country. Obviously it’s very close to home and I know the area really well. I like Coach (Roy) Williams, he has a great record and it’s a great program in general.”

The increased attention stems from more visibility and natural athleticism that gives the 6-10, 205-pound junior a higher ceiling than some of his counterparts.

He holds offers from Old Dominion, UNC-Charlotte, Wake Forest, Virginia, VCU, Virginia Tech and George Washington. Georgetown, N.C. State and Duke are also showing interest.

“I enjoy the recruiting process for the most part,” he said. “But it can get a little overwhelming. The June 15 live period, that night and day after was tough. I was on a visit and my phone is blowing up with coaches texting and calling.”

During the summer, Killeya-Jones plays for Team Felton’s 2016 team. He’s teammates with 2017 UNC target Jalek Felton. In fact, the two share the same trainer (Gilbert Abraham) and worked out at the Smith Center this summer.

Killeya-Jones said the two are “really close.”

“Nothing too serious,” he said when asked if the two considered playing together in college. “He’s a year behind me. And he’s probably going to be a one-and-done guy as one of the top five guys in his class. We worked out at the Smith Center and I liked it. You’re there and you see guys like Tyler Hansbrough on the other side and it’s cool.”

With visits lined up over the next month, Killeya-Jones said he wants to find a school where he is comfortable with the coaching staff, the campus and students.

“I want players I can mesh with,” he said. “You want to find a good place you’d like to play on regular basis with good facilities and a good coaching staff.”

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