North Carolina is closing in on bringing a former highly-touted prospect back home.
Kentucky transfer Sacha Killeya-Jones recently trimmed his list of schools down to 10 after being contacted by more than 30, according to what his mother, Ley, told the Courier-Journal’s Fletcher Page. North Carolina made the top 10, along with five other ACC schools.
Arizona State, Clemson, Georgetown, Nevada, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Texas and Wake Forest round out the top 10.
Killeya-Jones is a Chapel Hill, N.C. native. His mother is a research associate at UNC’s School of Pharmacy.
The 6-foot-10, 221-pound sophomore forward was a 5-star prospect coming out of Virginia Episcopal School in 2016. He ranked as the seventh-best power forward and 23rd overall player in the country, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Despite his talent, Killeya-Jones has seen inconsistent minutes at Kentucky. Last season, he averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game. He did see double-digit minutes in each of the Wildcats’ SEC and NCAA Tournament games.
“It’s never easy for me seeing a player go, especially when it’s someone you’ve seen grow as much as Sacha has and someone you want to continue to coach,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a university release on April 9. “I truly believe Sacha was just starting to find out who he is and that his best days are ahead of him. I still believe that, whether he’s here or someone else.”
Killeya-Jones will have to sit out the 2018-19 season wherever he goes. When he gets back on the court, though, he could help North Carolina get back to its post-first style of play that it strayed away from last season.