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SKJ Leaves Kentucky On a Good Note On And Off the Court

Sacha Killeya-Jones, facing the prospects of playing fewer minutes in a loaded front court, will transfer to pursue other opportunities. Photo by Mark Cornelison

The transition of the 2018-19 Kentucky Wildcats roster is already under way. Kevin Knox has already decided to enter the NBA Draft, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s announcement is pending this evening on SportsCenter. (Update, SGA put his name in the draft and hired an agent.)


The front court is still in flux but the developments early this morning no doubt factored into the decision that Sacha Killeya-Jones made this afternoon.

SKJ, who was rumored to be leaving after his freshman year (bench body language, never smiled), perhaps saw the writing on the wall with the commitment of incoming big man E.J. Montgomery.

As a freshmen SKJ appeared in only 15 games and tallied 96 minutes of action and didn’t play again after the South Carolina game on Jan. 21, 2017.

Coming into his sophomore season he was still counted on to provide a “veteran” presence on the youngest team in the country. He more than doubled the amount of games played (34) and quadrupled his minutes (467) and was solid down the stretch.

To that point, he closed out his SEC post season in grand fashion. In an SEC Tournament run that was punctuated by Wenyen Gabriel’s three-point barrage against Alabama and SGA’s forays to the rim, SKJ delivered the clinching dagger in the championship game versus Tennessee.

Gotta wish the big fella well, hoping for nothing but success in all his future endeavors.

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