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Sacha Killeya-Jones says anything short of a national championship is failure

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With his tall, lanky frame, athletic style of play, and hyphenated last name, Sacha Killeya-Jones has already been compared to former Cat Willie Cauley-Stein. Get ready for another similarity. In his profile for’s “Meet the Wildcats” series, Killeya-Jones describes how he gave up football for basketball in high school. Unlike Willie, a former wide receiver, Sacha played quarterback, but with a weak offensive line in front of him, he decided to give up the gridiron dreams for hoop dreams his sophomore year.

“It was just a buildup, and eventually it hit a point where I was like, ‘I’m 6-5, 180 playing football. I don’t have a good offensive line. I’m going to get cracked in half playing back here,’ ” Killeya-Jones said in an exclusive interview with “So I was just like let me focus on basketball and try to make the best out of that.”

Sacha talks a lot about the football-to-basketball transition in the feature, which is the first of the “Meet the Wildcats” series, but it’s his closing lines about the 2016-2017 Wildcats that make me most excited.

“When we get on the court together it’s going to be something special. I think we all have the same mindset that we’re going for a national championship. That’s the goal. Anything short of that is a failure, really.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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7 Comments for Sacha Killeya-Jones says anything short of a national championship is failure

  1. david8577
    11:31 am July 19, 2016 Permalink

    Good story about playing football. This is the first time I’ve heard it. Now, we should make sure to bring it up every time he scores in a game.

  2. BobTheBuilder
    1:35 pm July 19, 2016 Permalink

    I like the mentality but disagree. It depends on the year. Last year would have been much more of a success had we not lost to IU. The year before, obviously, it was #9 or bust.

    • Bobbum Man
      1:11 am July 20, 2016 Permalink

      Well for him it doesn’t depend what year… This team will have one year to do it together, this would be why it’s a failure for them to do anything less. Don’t see how you disagree with his perspective of things

    • ukcamel
      10:59 am July 20, 2016 Permalink

      That’s true, but the mentality should be win or bust every year, for every player. I’d hope everyone on Kansas and Michigan St. has the same mentality, even though we are better.

  3. Angelo
    2:25 pm July 19, 2016 Permalink

    How is K-J doing this summer? Is Matt saying anything?

  4. @GoCayts
    5:25 am July 20, 2016 Permalink

    This is the guy who I think will see the largest increase in min due to Lee leaving. I’d say he can do what Lee did and hit a jumper/FTs.

  5. jr1122
    10:32 am July 20, 2016 Permalink

    Great read. Football is a hard game, a great player can be banged up by others that could be labeled inferior. Just dont say they werent good, that kills mentality for your schoolmates. Hopefully the linemen dont hate him. Perfect example, Tim Couch at the Browns.