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Derek Willis says Sacha Killeya-Jones has the most potential of anyone left on UK’s roster


By now, you’re aware of just how young next season’s team will be, which makes the few returning players even more important. Wenyen Gabriel is Kentucky’s leading returning scorer, with 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game, but on today’s show, outgoing senior Derek Willis said he believes another big man will turn some heads next season: Sacha Killeya-Jones.

“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.”

Sacha barely saw the court this season, which was surprising given all the preseason hype. Anyone who watched the team play before the season began would tell you that Sacha was the most exciting player on the court, but that performance didn’t carry over to games. After four years at Kentucky, Derek knows better than anyone how tough it can be to stay motivated when you don’t get a lot of playing time.

“It was hard for me to come in and see the end goal,” Derek said. “Once I started getting on the court and feeling like I was really contributing, then that was when I was like, okay, I’m going to work a little harder and a little harder and that’s when I started staying in the gym more.”

With an offseason to build confidence, Derek thinks the sky’s the limit for Sacha.

“Without a doubt, that will help anyone,” Derek said of more time in the gym. “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.”

Listen to Derek talk about Sacha around the 38-minute mark.

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10 Comments for Derek Willis says Sacha Killeya-Jones has the most potential of anyone left on UK’s roster

  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    1:21 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

    As long as he sees through the process and doesn’t transfer I think he will be amazing.

    • catsarerunnin
      1:30 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

      You need to get with the program. We’ve lost all of our players and the apocalypse is coming. I’m talking real wrath of God stuff. Seas boiling…dogs and cats living together. We’re doomed!

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      1:55 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

      I guess I’m just a crazy optimist!

  2. Catcasey1
    1:33 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

    Ain’t saying much

  3. leon singleton
    3:43 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

    Sacha needs to transfer to Louisville.

    • J-Dub421
      4:53 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

      YOU need to transfer to Louisville.

    • catsarerunnin
      6:18 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

      Noel with another blatantly stupid remark.

  4. mostdiggity
    3:52 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

    Check out my starting five from yesterday. You’ll see the name S K-J in that five. I think it’s obvious to anyone who watches/studies basketball that this kid could ultimately be something VERY special. He hustles, rebounds, shoots lights out, etc. Assume defense will be forthcoming. Thanks Mr. Willis for stating the obvious to those who can’t see it.

  5. UK Maine-iac
    4:38 pm April 26, 2017 Permalink

    Considering who’s left on the roster at this point, I hope he’d have the most potential. I’d like to see SKJ come out next year and do well. He sat the bench without a peep.

  6. jcatron
    8:53 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

    SKJ more potential than what… Brad…or Johnny David?