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Sacha Killeya-Jones happy out of the spotlight at NC State

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Sacha Killeya-Jones transferred to NC State back in May; today, he opened up about his decision to leave Kentucky in an interview with The Athletic’s CL Brown. Killeya-Jones, who will sit out this season per NCAA rules, said he doesn’t regret his time at Kentucky because it made him a better player, but admitted the fishbowl lifestyle in Lexington grew old.

“When you go out (in Raleigh), not everyone is going to recognize you and know your first, middle and last name as soon as they see you,” Killeya-Jones says. “You go somewhere, they might recognize you’re a basketball player, but you might have more friendly conversations and less interactions with, like, crazed fans and stuff like that.”

Killeya-Jones recalled some fan interactions that went over the line, including the Louisville fan that tweeted him a picture holding a gun up to a UK stuffed animal after his signing class posed with Ls Down at the McDonald’s All-American Game. That’s an extreme example, but Killeya-Jones said he’s enjoying being out of the spotlight in Raleigh.

As John Calipari says, Kentucky’s not for everyone. Best of luck to Sacha at NC State.

[The Athletic]


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26 Comments for Sacha Killeya-Jones happy out of the spotlight at NC State

  1. Wade
    10:14 am September 14, 2018 Permalink

    It’s tough when you’re soft!

  2. michaelb
    10:19 am September 14, 2018 Permalink


  3. david8577
    10:21 am September 14, 2018 Permalink

    Agree, with all this. Best of luck to him, and if his goal is for no one to recognize him, and maybe one day sell insurance or be a realtor, NC State is a perfect fit.

  4. Cincy Cayt
    10:22 am September 14, 2018 Permalink

    Wishing him luck! Always a Cat just like Wiltjer, Towles, etc.

    • Luether
      3:43 pm September 14, 2018 Permalink

      When the going gets tough, transfer to NC State???

  5. Shidler8684
    10:23 am September 14, 2018 Permalink

    I’ll always be a SKJ fan. Always seemed like a good kid and teammate.

  6. Wasn’t he supposedly thinking about playing for UNCheat? I can’t imagine their fans would be much different. Maybe that’s why he didn’t go there.

  7. maximumscott
    10:41 am September 14, 2018 Permalink

    Omg. People know me and im semi famous… really, thats his complaint?!?!? Seems to me he didnt have the confidence with himself attribute that one needs in order to achieve greatness. Recruits if they read this, should be like hell yeah! Ill be famous in Lex and get all the chicks i can handle.

    • timbo
      11:19 am September 14, 2018 Permalink

      I’m hoping they’re a little more down to earth, more mature, and not as shallow…for their sakes.

    • JoeMoney333
      12:02 pm September 16, 2018 Permalink

      Wow, your have a really shallow & hollow outlook on life.

  8. kybigblue
    10:59 am September 14, 2018 Permalink

    How many times will this be used against UK in an attemptto attract players who don’t like the extra attention when they are out with friends, etc.? I remember seeing UK players in Maui in 2011 who were simply trying to enjoy the pool but couldn’t because of fans wanting autographs and/or pictures. Some players just aren’t ready for the limelight. I remember a former All American player at UK saying the attention, large crowds, practicing against tough competition, being a target of every team on their schedule, etc. really helped him prepare for the next level. Which is what most players want. At least Killeya-Jones took a shot at UL.

  9. CombatMedic_98
    11:14 am September 14, 2018 Permalink

    This dude needed to move on anyways…

  10. Bullitt County UK fan
    11:16 am September 14, 2018 Permalink

    Too bad. Would’ve liked to have him as frontcourt depth. Some players just don’t have the Kentucky mindset. It worked out best for him though, it seems, because if he’s still on the team he’s not playing much

    • Trey
      11:53 am September 14, 2018 Permalink

      The guy just never looked comfortable on the court so it makes a lot of sense that he didn’t like the “attention”. Wish the kid the best of luck. Hopefully he can feel more comfortable at a small school that doesn’t care as much about basketball.

  11. jrdh13
    11:30 am September 14, 2018 Permalink

    KSBAR NEVER ANSWERS THE PHONE!!! Are you all reserving tables for games yet?

  12. jos_ros_
    12:10 pm September 14, 2018 Permalink

    if he doesn’t like the spotlight i assume he as no aspirations of the NBA where it’s equal or more attention than kentucky and will be done with basketball after NC State. just my take.

  13. Alleykat16
    12:18 pm September 14, 2018 Permalink

    Good luck going forward

    1:25 pm September 14, 2018 Permalink

    First world problems. Like Cal says, Kentucky isn’t for everyone. Best of luck to SKJ, but I doubt he will ever see the NBA.

  15. chrisg18
    2:07 pm September 14, 2018 Permalink

    That’s actually a huge positive if your goal is to play in the NBA. Every NBA player gets attention off the court, and obviously the stars get massive attention, so it prepares you for that. UK is the best place to prepare for the NBA when considering all on and off the court factors. But maybe that’s not his goal anymore though. If not, then I can understand his motive.

  16. jaws2
    2:10 pm September 14, 2018 Permalink

    If the guy ever makes the league, he’ll just pay some guys to keep people away from him. No big deal when you’re making BIG money. I said, IF.