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Sacha Killeya-Jones says football was his first love


Even though Sacha Killeya-Jones played basketball when he was younger, didn’t like it. Killeya-Jones played football up until his sophomore year until he realized he was too tall and skinny to be a quarterback.

“Every chance I had, I was going to the gym. I always really wanted to go to the NFL, but I was like, ‘If I can’t play football, then the next best thing is basketball.’ It’s really done a lot for me. They say working hard can take you places and basketball has taken me across the world,” Killeya-Jones.

The only picture of Killeya-Jones I could find in a football uniform

The only picture of Killeya-Jones I could find in a football uniform

After Killeya-Jones began taking his basketball career serious, he received an offer from Houston Baptist University, a D-I school in Texas. By the beginning of his junior season, Killeya-Jones had received offers from Georgetown and Virginia and that’s when he knew he had serious D-I talent.

Killeya-Jones decided to transfer to Virginia Episcopal School for his junior year, which allowed him to step into the spotlight even more. At VES he was able to play a national schedule, including trips to Kentucky and North Carolina.

Killeya-Jones became Kentucky’s first commit in the class of 2016, picking the Cats over Virginia, Cal, Florida, Connecticut, Georgetown, Wake Forest, and North Carolina

When asked what he looks forward to at Kentucky, Killeya-Jones said, “to playing with the best, being coached by the best and going out every day to fight and get better. I really want to learn how to be professional, how to carry yourself, the work ethic and just every little bit that goes into being a pro. I think they can really teach me that.”

To read the full interview with The News & Advance, click here.


Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

3 Comments for Sacha Killeya-Jones says football was his first love

  1. brandond373
    6:50 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    Did you know Willie Cauley-Stein played football in high school?

  2. Angelo
    7:07 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

    Needs to become a 3 point bomber. That’s all the NBA does.

    • 2thepoint
      8:39 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

      Well, end of 1st quarter Toronto vs Indiana there were 4 3 pointers made, but the score is Ind 23, Toronto 28.