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 CoachCal.com’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 CoachCal.com. “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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