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Thursday / March 23.
  • Sacha Killeya-Jones to Kentucky

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    CMxmd_GVEAAGRftSacha Killeya-Jones, a 6-foot-10 power forward from  Lynchburg (Va.) Virginia Episcopal School, announced on Twitter he has committed to Kentucky, becoming their second 2016 commitment after New Zealand forward Tai Wynyard.

    “I look at what Coach [John] Calipari has done with players like myself, and I see the way he prepares them for the next level and it’s impressive,” Killeya-Jones, who decommitted from Virginia in June, told “He is a really genuine person who is a demanding coach. I felt very comfortable with him and [I] trust him.”

    He also considered  North Carolina, N.C. State, Kansas and Florida, among others.

    “He thought it was a great fit,” Team Loaded coach Ty White told by phone Wednesday morning.

    “They had a great vision for him. He’s very versatile. He can score. He faces the basket, back to the basket. He loves how he can develop under  Calipari. It’s kind of hard not to love to be developed by Calipari.”

    Kentucky in recent years has recruited and developed a slew of talented big men under Calipari, including Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Anthony Davis, Nerlens Noel and others.

    “A lot of coaching staffs tell you what you want to hear but I liked their straightforward approach,” Killeya-Jones told “I would see [assistant] coach John Robic at my games and he would later analyze my game. He was honest on what I did well and what I needed to focus on to improve. [Assistant] coach Kenny Payne will be my position coach and he is always giving me great advice about how I can be better. I really liked that about their staff.”

    Kentucky is reportedly awaiting the arrival of Australian big man Isaac Humphries for 2015-16. Humphries will reportedly reclass and enter for this season, but has yet to make a public announcement.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.