Killeya-Jones Attends 'Late Night'

Some of the best players in the class of 2016 have been attending “Midnight Madness” events since eighth grade. Not Sacha Killeya-Jones.

“Late Night with Roy” this past Friday was his first experience with college basketball’s annual tip-off. And the 6-10 Chapel Hill native enjoyed it.

“It was funny,” he said. “Kennedy (Meeks) was great and the lip-synching thing was hilarious. ... I’d love to be a part of something like that.”

Though it was his first unofficial visit to UNC as a Tar Heel recruit, Killeya-Jones is pretty familiar with UNC and its program.

While he currently attends school in Virginia, his home is five minutes from the Carolina campus and he has worked out several times at the Smith Center with Team Felton teammate and 2017 UNC target Jalek Felton.

At “Late Night” he was joined by his parents and arrived about 10 minutes before the event started. During UNC’s 20-minute scrimmage, Killeya-Jones had his eye on UNC’s forwards.

“I talked to my parents the whole time about how their big guys were playing,” he explained. “I saw Brice Johnson step out a little bit, and Kennedy (Meeks) and Joel (James) pretty much play rim to rim. I was looking at how both Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson played. I think I’d be kind of a mix of those two, a stretch-four I guess.”

After the scrimmage, Killeya-Jones mingled with other recruits and UNC’s players. He then spoke briefly to Roy Williams.

“He just told me they’d be coming to a game this season,” he said. “He told me they’d be in contact.”

Killeya-Jones’s recruitment has taken off the last few months, as he’s yielded offers from ACC schools like Wake Forest , Virginia, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, as well as VCU. He’s also getting heavy interest from Georgetown and UNC.

Most of the attention, he believes, comes from an increased dedication to the weight room.

“I think it’s my strength,” he said. “I’ve been working every day on strength and development and lifting, squatting, benching all that stuff. We have two really good strength trainers at my school.”

Because of his schedule at Lynchburg (Va.) Virginia Episcopal, Killeya-Jones isn’t sure when he’ll make a return visit to UNC.

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