Sacha Killeya-Jones announced last month that he intended to transfer from Kentucky, and now that transfer destination is known. The 6-foot-10 forward committed to N.C. State on Tuesday afternoon.
It’s a move that brings the Chapel Hill, N.C., native closer to home. Killeya-Jones, a former 5-star prospect in the 2016 class, was granted a full release from Kentucky with no transfer restrictions.
— Sacha Killeya-Jones (@SKJ) May 15, 2018
Killeya-Jones played in 49 games at Kentucky in his freshman and sophomore seasons. He averaged 3.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while shooting 59 percent from the field.
“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 press release last month. “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 was unable to secure a starting spot this season behind freshman center Nick Richards, but Killeya-Jones saw a significant uptick in minutes during the SEC and NCAA Tournaments. He played a season-high 24 minutes in Kentucky’s first round NCAA Tournament win against Davidson.
Incoming freshman EJ Montgomery will help fill the void left by Killeya-Jones. Kentucky made his signing official on Monday. Montgomery, at 6-foot-10, is the 9th-ranked player in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite.