UNC No Longer Pursuing Sacha Killeya-Jones

By BEN SHERMAN  |   Inside Carolina

Sacha Killeya-Jones will not be transferring to North Carolina.

Multiple sources confirmed to Inside Carolina on Saturday that the Tar Heels are no longer pursuing the 6-10 Kentucky transfer.

Killeya-Jones took visits to N.C. State and Wake Forest this past week, per a source, and had been aiming to visit UNC – until the Tar Heels withdrew from his recruitment.

More than 30 schools made initial contact when he announced his transfer last month, and he trimmed that list to a group of 10: Arizona State, Clemson, Georgetown, Nevada, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Texas, UNC, and Wake Forest.

UNC contacted him soon after he received his release and an offer from Roy Williams followed shortly thereafter.

North Carolina projects to have one scholarship available for the 2018-19 season, with four post players on the roster – senior Luke Maye, and sophomores Garrison Brooks, Brandon Huffman, and Sterling Manley. UNC has no post players among its three-man incoming freshman class, and none committed yet in the rising senior high school class.

This was actually the second time the Tar Heel head coach offered Killeya-Jones a scholarship. Killeya-Jones was a McDonald’s All-American at Lynchburg (Va.) Episcopal, ranked No. 23 in the Class of 2016 by the 247 Sports Composite. He committed to Virginia during his junior year of high school, but decommitted six months later. His second recruitment ultimately came down to North Carolina – which was in the midst of the unresolved NCAA investigation – and Kentucky.

Following two seasons at Kentucky, he opted to transfer and received his full release on April 9.

He averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game as a sophomore for the Wildcats this past season. He will have two years of eligibility after sitting out the 2018-19 season.

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