By JESSICA JONES, Contributing Writer
Of all the players that have come and gone from Kentucky, Sacha Killeya-Jones may be one of the hardest for me to say goodbye to.
I have been rooting for this kid since day one. There just seemed to be something special about him that I felt would soon blossom.
I recently wrote about how Sacha, in my opinion, would develop over the next two seasons and become a very important big in the paint for Kentucky. I still believe it’s true — he will be a great player but he will no longer be at Kentucky.
The rumors floated around last year and then again this year that he may transfer but I never really believed he would until he did. Sacha was starting to come up big in the SEC and NCAA tournaments for Kentucky and that gave me hope for his future in blue. He may have won the SEC tournament for us this year with his thunderous put back dunk against Tennessee.
He continued his spark in the NCAA tournament with a huge dunk against Davidson. Everyone’s reaction to the dunk — the band, Calipari, his teammates- — really sparked Kentucky and made me excited for Sacha and what seemed to be his coming out party.
I wish it would have worked out for Sacha but I understand his desire to pursue other options. I know he will continue to blossom into a FORCE in the paint.
I wish Sacha the best in his future basketball career and in life. He seems to be a great kid and will be throwing down nasty dunks whereever he chooses to go next.
Thank you, Sacha, for choosing BBN. Good luck you!