Virginia Adds Power Forward Killeya-Jones

4_2962451-1The New Year has just begun and it’s already been good for Virginia and head coach Tony Bennett.

The No. 3 Cavaliers landed a verbal pledge from 6-foot-10 2016 power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones of Lynchburg (VA) Virginia Episcopal School.

“Proud to be a an official UVa commit!” he Tweeted.

Killeya-Jones also reportedly considered Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Georgetown and VCU. He becomes Virginia’s third 2016 commit, following New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep point guard Ty Jerome and Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central point guard Kyle Guy.

“UVA made me a priority and I really appreciated it,” Killeya-Jones told “Coach Bennett was great. He’s communicated really well with me. I enjoyed all my visits and I think it’s the right fit for me.”

The Cavs are reportedly getting a long big man with upside who compares to former North Carolina big man John Henson.

“He’s just really long — all arms and legs, really thin … he probably has a 7-2 wingspan,” Rick Lewis of Phenom Hoop Report told “He’s just so long. He’s very skilled as well, has a good IQ for the game and is a high-character young man.”

Virginia will lose big men Anthony Gill, Mike Tobey and Evan Nolte, but will add 6-8 Brewster (N.H.) Academy forward Jared Reuter as well as 6-11 redshirt Jack Salt.

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Tony Bennett is positioning UVa to hang around the top for a long time. His recruiting approach is different than any other coach; not interested in kids with "handlers", would rather work with a top 75 kid who will stay in his program for 4 or 5 years than a top 15 who has an eye on pro ball right away. It's diametrically opposite to UK , UNC, Kansas model. Interesting that as Coach K gets older, and has the power of controlling USA basketball slots, that Duke is embracing the UK-UNC approach