Former Kentucky five-star recruit Sacha Killeya-Jones was a major addition to N.C. State’s basketball program prior to the 2018-19 season. The former top recruit transferred out of the Wildcats’ program and into the Wolfpack’s program last May.
The former five-star recruit is apparently no longer on N.C. State’s team, though. The Wolfpack’s head coach announced the stunning news this evening.
“Sacha is no longer on the team. That’s all I’ll say for now,” N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts said tonight.
.@CoachKeattsNCSU announced in his press conference that Sacha Killeya-Jones is no longer with the program.
He was redshirting this season after transferring in from Kentucky.
— Everything NCST (@everythingncst) February 14, 2019
Killeya-Jones was one of the biggest recruits in the country coming out of high school. He was ranked the No. 23 overall prospect by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. The 6-foot-11 forward was ranked the No. 7 player at his position.
The former Kentucky forward played two seasons for the Wildcats, averaging 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in his sophomore year before transferring.
Killeya-Jones chose N.C. State over several other major programs, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest.
NC State coach Kevin Keatts on the status of F Sacha Killeya-Jones: "(He) is currently not a member of our program and that's all I can say right now."
Killeya-Jones is sitting out the season after transferring from Kentucky
— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) February 14, 2019
“Extremely excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at NC State University!” he tweeted last May.
At this point, details surrounding Killeya-Jones’ departure from N.C. State’s program are unclear.