Incoming freshman wing Saddiq Bey asks for release from scholarship, will not enroll at NC State
It’s been an eventful day on the recruiting trail, especially by college basketball standards. Not long after Kentucky transfer Sacha Killeya-Jones announced his commitment to NC State, the news dropped that incoming freshman Saddiq Bey will not be enrolling in Raleigh. Killeya-Jones’ addition briefly made 14 scholarship players on the roster, which is one over the NCAA limit.
Sacha Killeya-Jones commits to NC State
Former Kentucky forward Sacha Killeya-Jones is transferring to N.C. State. Killeya-Jones announced his decision on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. The sophomore from Chapel Hill, will have to sit out the 2018-19 season but will be eligible the following year. Killeya-Jones also considered UNC, Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Nevada, Georgetown and Clemson.
UNC No Longer Pursuing Sacha Killeya-Jones
Sacha Killeya-Jones will not be transferring to North Carolina. Multiple sources confirmed to Inside Carolina on Saturday that the Tar Heels are no longer pursuing the 6-10 Kentucky transfer. Killeya-Jones took visits to N.C. State and Wake Forest this past week, per a source, and had been aiming to visit North Carolina - until the Tar Heels withdrew from his recruitment.
Sacha Killeya-Jones setting up visits
Former Kentucky forward Sacha Killeya-Jones, who announced he was leaving the program last month, is in the process of setting up visits. Per his high school coach, Killeya-Jones is currently visiting N.C. State and will visit Pittsburgh this weekend. He will also visit Wake Forest Memorial Day weekend. UNC is also involved with the Chapel Hill native.
Sacha Killeya-Jones among this offseason's top transfers
Sacha Killeya-Jones is looking to jump-start a college career that never quite got off the ground as minutes were tough to come by at Kentucky due to the program's frontcourt depth. The 6-foot-9 forward has been silent regarding his recruitment this spring, but we know North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Georgetown and a number of others along the East Coast are in the mix.
How would Sacha Killeya-Jones fit at UNC?
On Friday, news emerged that UNC is interested in Kentucky transfer Sacha Killeya-Jones. After two seasons coming off the bench in Lexington, the 6-10 forward got a full release from the Wildcats. While bringing in transfers hasn’t always been Roy Williams’ style (Cameron Johnson was the first in several years), it makes sense that the Tar Heels would be interested in Killeya-Jones.
UNC Pursuing Kentucky Transfer Sacha Killeya-Jones
North Carolina is in pursuit of Kentucky transfer Sacha Killeya-Jones. The 6-10 forward -- who considers Chapel Hill his hometown — received a full release from Kentucky to transfer on Monday. His mother confirmed to Inside Carolina on Friday that the Tar Heel staff is recruiting him once again, this time as a potential transfer. Ten schools are under consideration.
Kentucky Center Sacha Killeya-Jones to Transfer
On Monday morning, Kentucky added a top 15 recruit in 6-foot-10 E.J. Montgomery. On Monday afternoon, Kentucky lost a former top 25 recruit in 6-foot-11 Sacha Killeya-Jones. The sophomore center announced he will leave the Kentucky program. A former McDonald’s All-American, Killeya-Jones was once considered one of the most promising recruits in the country.
Killeya-Jones comes ‘full circle’ against UNC, which is his mother’s employer
Because his mother works at UNC, Kentucky freshman Sacha Killeya-Jones has one more reason to look forward to Saturday’s game. “Growing up watching them, and now playing against them is going to be cool.” His mother, Ley Killeya-Jones, works in quantitative research at UNC. This made it almost inevitable that her son would be a Tar Heels fan.
North Carolina Natives On Kentucky's Team Weigh In On Saturday’s Game
They say the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry means more for those that are from the state of Kentucky. The same could be said for one of Kentucky’s two North Carolina natives. Chapel Hill native Sacha Killeya-Jones is very familiar with the Tar Heels. Killeya-Jones became a North Carolina fan when his family moved from New Jersey around his seventh birthday. Bam Adebayo grew up not too far away in Little Washington, North Carolina.
Sacha Killeya-Jones Commits to Kentucky
Four-star power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones has offered up a verbal commitment to John Calipari and Kentucky. Killeya-Jones, a 6-foot-10 power forward out of Lynchburg (Va.) Virginia Episcopal School, picked Kentucky over scholarship offers from North Carolina, N.C. State, Kansas, Florida and a host of schools. Killeya-Jones, who is originally from Chapel Hill (N.C.), is currently ranked as the No. 9 power forward and the No. 47 recruit in 2016.
Sacha Killeya-Jones radiating confidence
A funny thing happened in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Forward Sacha Killeya-Jones, who competed with Team Loaded VA at the Adidas Summer Championships, outshone many of the biggest names in attendance. Killeya-Jones certainly outperformed his No. 48 ranking and likely will receive a promotion when we update our 2016 list. Since he backed off his pledge to Virginia, Killeya-Jones has fielded scholarship offers from Kentucky, North Carolina, NC State, Connecticut, Kansas, Florida and others.
Video: Sacha Killeya-Jones Summer Highlights
Class of 2016 forward Sacha Killeya-Jones was one of the breakout players in July. The former Virginia commit re-opened his recruitment and is heavily considering North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, and Virginia.
Smith, Adebayo, DeLaurier, Killeya-Jones end adidas Uprising in strong fashion
Dennis Smith hit a left-handed, go-ahead layup with four seconds left as Team Loaded North Carolina beat Indiana Elite 78-77. Smith had 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Edrice Adebayo had 25 points and 16 rebounds. Team Loaded Virginia beat Mass Rivals 76-74 in the championship game. 2016 power forward Javin DeLaurier, who has an offer from UNC, scored 14 points. Sacha Killeya-Jones, another Class of 2016 forward with an offer from UNC, scored 17 points.
Sacha Killeya-Jones talks recruiting at adidas event
Forward Sacha Killeya-Jones' stock has been on the rise in the basketball recruiting world, and it will only continue to do so after his strong showing at the adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas. Killeya-Jones is a four-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite, but 247Sports is the lone outlet to have him rated a five-star prospect