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Courier-Journal: Sources confirm Sacha Killeya-Jones has no plans to transfer


Sacha Killeya-Jones is one of the few returning players that actually saw minutes last season, so it was very comforting to read this report that he has no plans of transferring. Sources confirmed to the Courier-Journal’s Fletcher Page that Sacha’s not going anywhere, and is looking forward to competing for a starting spot.

Last season, Sacha averaged 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game, which triggered some rumors that he may transfer somewhere else for more playing time, especially with a loaded front court coming in. In March, Sacha routinely told reporters that he wanted to “stick to the plan,” and Derek Willis told us last week that with some more time in the gym, Sacha’s potential is sky-high.

“I think the kid with most potential on the team didn’t play hardly at all this year, Sacha,” Derek said. “Without a doubt. He has all the skill, all the potential’s there. You have to work with that stuff. He’s been in the gym, doing his thing but it’s hard for someone that young.”

“He’s super athletic, he has a lot of bounce to him. His jump shot right inside the three-point line looks good. It’s all there, he just has to put it together for himself.”

I’m glad he’s going to do it here.


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16 Comments for Courier-Journal: Sources confirm Sacha Killeya-Jones has no plans to transfer

  1. Catcasey1
    6:34 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Glad to hear

  2. 4everblue
    6:36 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Glad you’re staying SKJ! Kick some ass this season!

  3. runningunnin.454
    6:48 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Are we sure about that 17 minutes per game? I’m not sure about the ppg and rpg either.

    • Realme
      7:10 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      If those numbers were for the whole season it would make more sense than per game.

    • Aar
      8:54 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      They are per games in which he checked in to play. Games with zero seconds are not included in the averages

  4. wildcatfan20
    6:49 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure either the article is about Wenyen Gabriel, or the stats listed for Jones are incorrect. Either way, I am glad that one of them has decided not to transfer! Go Big Blue!

  5. coolclay
    7:18 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

  6. Mr. McBeevee
    7:18 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    He will be fine. Roy has some players at UNC that’s have slow starts all the time. SKJ might have to stick around until he’s a Junior or Senior till he reaches his potential…nothing wrong with that.

  7. snarkster
    9:41 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    If Diallo does not retun and UK doesn’t end up at least with two of he, Knox, Johnson & Bamba, SKJ & Gabriel MUST come up huge if next year is gonna be anything special at all.

  8. chris43
    11:53 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Glad SKJ is sticking around. Hopefully it all comes together and he goes full blown beast mode this season.

  9. dballrb
    3:55 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Very early in the season Jones looked quite good and fluid on the court.Yes,perhaps the comp wasn’t very much,but he can ball.He’s much better than the numbers.

  10. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    8:12 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

    I’m glad to see a guy compete and not transfer. The truth is if you can’t make this starting lineup how can you make one in the NBA? Even if it takes four years, put in the work, and prove yourself! Proud of SKJ!

  11. chrisg18
    8:24 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

    Why do we continue to say that the frontcourt next year will be loaded? Without Bamba, there is no proven bona fide star coming in. Whose to say that Richards or Vanderbilt will be any better than SKJ or Gabriel? I hope they are but I think we need to pump the brakes on our current incoming class.

    • ukcamel
      10:29 am May 2, 2017 Permalink

      I think it will be “loaded” in terms of number of good, quality players, but you are right that we have. I reason to think it will even be one of the most talented under Coach Cal. There isn’t an Anthony Davis or Towns or Cousins on this team. Bamba is the one guy who could be that potentially.

  12. CatBlue in LR
    1:05 pm May 2, 2017 Permalink

    If you go to the C-J article and read Sasha’s quotes, the dude sounds like a very mature kid. Judging from the look on his face through much of the year, I was pretty sure he would transfer. That jolt of reality can’t be easy on a 5-star. But I commend him for staying and thank him for his positive attitude. It’s a breath of fresh air in this revolving-door era of having to say goodbye to a group five months after seeing them play for the first time.