The Virginia men’s basketball program began the new year with a bang by receiving a verbal commitment from Sacha Killeya-Jones, a 6’10” forward who attends Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia. The versatile junior was a top target of head coach Tony Bennett, who extended a scholarship offer on September 6, 2014.
“I’ve been talking to my parents for days, weeks actually, trying to talk about my options. UVa was consistently brought up. It’s a perfect fit. I love Coach Bennett. They made me a priority. I really want to go somewhere I’m really wanted. It’s such a great fit. I figured I might as well pull the trigger,” said Killeya-Jones, the third class of 2016 prospect to commit to the Hoos.
Georgetown, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are among the other schools that offered Killeya-Jones. Duke and UNC expressed serious interest, but the Chapel Hill (N.C.) native decided against waiting to see what other options may come forth.
“I wanted to go somewhere where I was a main priority. Any schools that came late, I knew I wouldn’t be the main guy,” said Killeya-Jones.
“Tony and Jason Williford did an excellent job,” VES head coach Curtis Staples said. “They made sure they were there for a lot of major moments. A lot of people have not personally been there. Tony made those appearances and Jason was on it from day one.”
Killeya-Jones says head coach Tony Bennett likes his versatility. He discussed what he likes about his future head coach as well as Cavalier assistant Jason Williford.
“Coach Williford was huge. He did a lot of the early recruiting....
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