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John Calipari’s statement on Killeya-Jones

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Shortly after Sacha Killeya-Jones announced he will transfer from the University of Kentucky, John Calipari had this to say about his departing player:

It’s never easy for me seeing a player go, especially when it’s someone you’ve seen grow as much as Sacha has and someone you want to continue to coach.

I truly believe Sacha was just starting to find out who he is and that his best days are ahead of him. I still believe that whether he’s here or someone else.

With that said, when a kid comes to me and believes what’s best for him is somewhere else, they always have my full support. We want what’s best for these kids and will always do whatever we can to make sure they can pursue their dreams. Our staff wishes Sacha nothing but the best.

Killeya-Jones was granted his full release from UK.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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22 responses to “John Calipari’s statement on Killeya-Jones”

  1. Kelkat

    Good luck Sacha…

  2. 4everUKblue

    BBN will miss you Sacha. Good luck.

  3. tippytoe

    Another bites the dust. Good for him, has a chance to get someone to coach him.

    1. Optional Facts

      I don’t hear one other person complaining about KP not coaching the big men…

    2. Alex90

      Karl Towns

  4. bigblue2284

    Sacha was a decent player. I don’t know if he would have ever taken the next step to be a consistent starter but certainly was a better option than Richards. Not bashing Richards but he was a normal freshman not one of the super talented freshman we are used to.

  5. Swizzle

    Too soft, see ya

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Thanks for nothing Swizzle.

  6. BTownUKFan

    Coaches spend hundreds of hours working with these kids, but it’s up to the kid to show up for the games. SKJ has had ample opportunity to make plays in game. He was very inconsistent. Yes, Cal started Richards throughout the year to try and get him take take a step up but the SKJ was given plenty of minutes. For all the games he played in you could count his ‘big’ plays without using all your fingers and toes. Best of luck SKJ. Just don’t be the next Marvin Stone :\

  7. az1006

    I’ll never understand the vitriol that gets thrown around any time a player decides to transfer. It was pretty clear that Sacha, for whatever reason, was never going to consistently crack the lineup unless he improved exponentially. With other guys likely returning (PJ, Vanderbilt, Richards), and recruiting targets coming down the pike (EJ Montgomery’s commitment notwithstanding), it was going to be more difficult for him to find minutes moving forward. He’s a former McDonald’s AA and will find a home where he can thrive. It just wasn’t here. I wish him nothing but the best, and I don’t understand why so many others don’t.

    1. wyatts1

      I agree, and with talks of Wiseman possible reclassifying or coming next year either way skj’s minutes was gonna disappear all together soon enough. He is hands down better then Richards at this point and was all season and I believe he should’ve been starting all along. I say good luck skj, you deserve better and will more then likely get better when you find a new place to play.

  8. blitzedanddazed

    SKJ will suffer the same fate as Marcus Lee, wasted talent.

    1. BBNDan7

      And you are doing what with all of your “talent”?

  9. makeitstop

    It does look like if you don’t go pro your first or second year, you leave. AP was an injury issue, otherwise he was gone and arguably WCS the same. The program seems geared, rightly or wrongly to the impatient. That’s Cal’s responsibility bc he was saying just a year or so ago “don’t com here if u don’t think u can go pro in a year” or something cringe-worthy like that. Sometimes the hype machine gets ahead of itself. He clearly didn’t want SKJ to go but he built this culture of senior nights are for walk ons and only he can fix that. It sounds to me if you listen to Cal he is moderating and say everybody develops at their own pace, and recruiting them to stay. That’s a “tweak” he needs to work on bc it sure is nice having juniors… ask ‘Nova and last year Carolina. He’ll adapt. Let’s get Hagans and hold JV, PJ, Nick and Quade at least.

  10. makeitstop

    Wenyen would be nice to get back but I think he’s gone too – almost 22 and there’s speculation he needs to start cashing a paycheck. Would be nice to have a junior who can rebound and shoot, but not likely in the cards.

  11. DH1967

    Thanks SKJ! I wish you nothing but the best going forward. Matthews found a place to play more minutes and develop his game. Hopefully you can have the same success.

  12. N-UR-i

    We are not going to have anyone left from last year’s team when its all said and done.

  13. Jiminy Crickets

    He got recruited over. Same as Quade green with 2 pGs coming in next year, heck Immanuel Quickley isn’t ever here yet and we’re already recruiting over him. It is the double edge sword of Calipari recruiting. Yes we get the best, but the learning curve is to steep for anyone to adjust to in 9 months, unless they’re super elite. This causes any 2-3 year guys to either transfer or leave for pros even if their not ready, but it also means the freshman get just good enough to leave after 1 year and not good enough to win it all.

  14. CatBlue in LR

    Really wish it had been Nick instead of Sasha. I’m sorry if that hurts Nick’s feelings, but that would have been better for our basketball team. Sasha belongs; not sure Nick ever will.

    1. UK Big Board Update

      You’re a POS.

  15. Jiminy Crickets

    Even money he transfers to UNC

    1. UK Big Board Update

      And then loses in the NCAA tournament to an SEC team by 20+…