Happy New Year Virginia Basketball fans!
Last year was pretty darn awesome, and 2015 is already off to a roaring start. On Thursday afternoon, 2016 VES big man Sacha Killeya-Jones tweeted out his commitment to the reigning ACC Champions. Virginia extended an offer to Killeya-Jones back in September, and the Cavalier coaching staff has certainly kept an eye on the VES standout during the season. Killeya-Jones was in the house when the Hoos pounded Harvard two weeks ago, and that certainly didn’t hurt things.
Killeya-Jones held offers from Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and VCU among others, but decided on the Cavaliers.
The Chapel Hill native earned a four star ranking from 24/7 and a three-star rating by rivals.com. The 6-10. 207-pound big man is ranked as the number 114 player in the nation for rivals.
Killeya-Jones is one the most versatile bigs in the entire class of 2016. Without getting anybody too excited, Killeya-Jones' athleticism is off the charts, and the talented forward can score from both inside and out. If Killeya-Jones is not banging down in the low post, the talented junior can also shoot the ball well from all over the floor.
The biggest knock on Killeya-Jones was/is his size, but the future Wahoo has added a decent amount of bulk since last season. Killeya-Jones has definitely added size, but has not lost any of athleticism, making him a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.
The big man is a tremendous addition to the 2016 class. Virginia already has two guards in the fold, in Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy. UVa has five scholarships to work with in ’16, and having 60 percent of the class already wrapped up this early is a big luxury.
With Killeya-Jones in the bag, Bennett and company will certainly turn up the heat on Blue Ridge big man Mamadi Diakite. Killeya-Jones and Dikate played against each other in front of half of the UVa roster last month, and the two would make a tremendous one-two punch in the frontcourt.