Sabre Scoop: VES Forward Discusses UVa Offer

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Killeya-Jones Lands UVa Offer

A growth spurt early on in his high school career put Sacha Killeya-Jones at around 6’9”. Now a 6’10” junior, Killeya-Jones impressed college coaches this spring and summer with the growth he showed on the court.

“I didn’t just worked on one thing. My trainer helped me work on everything,” Killeya-Jones said. “I did improve my face-up game and developed a few go-to-moves.”

Born in New Jersey but a Chapel Hill (N.C.) resident since he was 8 years old, Killeya-Jones attended Woodberry Forest (VA) for the first two years of his high school career. He has transferred to Virginia Episcopal School (Lynchburg, VA), whose varsity basketball program guided by former UVa star guard Curtis Staples.

Coach Staples noted that Killeya-Jones has “put in the time” to improve this summer.

“His versatility stands out the most to me,” Staples said of Killeya-Jones, who averaged 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks per game his sophomore season at Woodberry.

Virginia Tech offered the VES junior this summer. Of Tech, Killeya-Jones said: “I think it is an up-and-coming program. Coach (Buzz) Williams is going to turn the program around. I think he will grab it by the horns and turn it around.”

Last Saturday, UVa extended a scholarship offer while Killeya-Jones was in Charlottesville on an unofficial visit.

“It was a great visit,” Killeya-Jones said of his latest experience at UVa, a school he has now been to five times, including two unofficial visits, Tony Bennett’s Elite Camp, and two ScoutsFocus camps. “It was great off the bat. I watched about a five-minute highlight video. That was great. Then, me and my family met with Coach Bennett in his office for about 20 minutes. We had a great conversation.”

Killeya-Jones added that he is “definitely excited about coming away with an offer [from UVa]. I feel comfortable talking to Coach Bennett.”

In addition to Virginia and Virginia Tech, Killeya-Jones also boasts offers from Charlotte, Old Dominion, Richmond, VCU and Wake Forest, among others. Duke, Georgetown, North Carolina and Syracuse are expected by VES in the coming weeks/months to further evaluate the promising prospect.

“I’m wide open,” Killeya-Jones said when asked where he stands in his