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Killeya-Jones Selected to Attend Great Britain Training Camp

Sacha Killeya-Jones (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky basketball sophomore forward Sacha Killeya-Jones has accepted an invitation to attend Great Britain’s national training camp that will determine the team’s final roster for FIBA EuroBasket 2017. Killeya-Jones is eligible to play for Great Britain via his British-born mother, Ley.

Killeya-Jones is one of 24 players selected to a preliminary squad for Great Britain’s senior men’s team. The eventual roster will be whittled down to 12 players for FIBA EuroBasket 2017, which will begin competition Aug. 31.

Clarion coach sees UK playing in Final Four

Bam Adebayo had a double-double against Clarion Sunday. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Bam Adebayo had a double-double against Clarion Sunday. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)


It was only an exhibition game, but Kentucky’s 108-51 win over Division II Clarion Sunday night left Clarion coach Marcess Williams convinced this could be a special year for the Wildcats.

“They’re as good as advertised. They’re really long and really athletic. We knew we were coming down here and playing against five or six potential pros,” Williams said. “We thought they might deny the pass lanes a little bit more, but they really didn’t. They were really climbing in us with the guy with the basketball.

Playing fast suits Calipari and players

Sacha Killeya-Jones says UK's depth lets if play fast. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Sacha Killeya-Jones says UK’s depth lets if play fast. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)


During his clinic for high school coaches Saturday, Kentucky coach John Calipari said he would ideally like for his team to be able to score five seconds after an opponent’s made or missed shot.

With the overall speed and athleticism on this year’s team, Kentucky seems capable of doing that and certainly forced the pace in Sunday night’s win over Clarion.

Cats praise strength coach Rob Harris

Sacha Killeya-Jones says workouts with Rob Harris are crazy. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Sacha Killeya-Jones says workouts with Rob Harris are crazy. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky basketball players spent a lot of time talking about strength coach Rob Harris during the recent Media Day.

“He pushes you a lot. This is the best shape I’ve ever been in. Rob likes to get us motivated. We talk to each other, play music and really get into it,” said Wenyen Gabriel.  “I’ve never had anything like that before, so it’s been new to me, but it’s been really beneficial as well. It really has helped my game.”

A fan’s look at the new faces of Kentucky basketball

De'Aaron Fox at Nike Hoop Summit practice. (USA Basketball Photo)

De’Aaron Fox at Nike Hoop Summit practice. (USA Basketball Photo)

By JESSICA  JONES, Contributing Writer

UK signee’s family will not press charges over Twitter death threat

Sacha Killeya-Jones with his brother and girlfriend

Sacha Killeya-Jones with his brother and girlfriend


Ley Killeya-Jones says the death threat made against her son, Kentucky basketball signee Sacha Killeya-Jones, on Twitter was “horrific” and she hopes no other parent has to endure something like that.

The threat was posted in response to a picture Sacha Killeya-Jones posted on Twitter during the McDonald’s All-American Game with UK’s other signees. They were giving the “L’s Down” to show their feeling already about the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry.

That prompted some anticipated angry remarks from Louisville fans that Ley understood, but not the death threat. She happened to see it when she checked her son’s Twitter account.

Sacha Killeya-Jones’ parents join us on WLAP this morning

Sacha Killeya-Jones, left, with his parents and brother.

Sacha Killeya-Jones, left, with his parents and brother.


Join us on Community Trust Bank Sunday Morning Sports on WLAP (630 AM, wlap.com) for plenty of rants as usual from Mark Buerger and football insights and more from former UK running back Anthony White.

At 10:05 a.m., we will be joined by Ley Killeya-Jones and Reggie Jones, the parents of Kentucky basketball signee Sacha Killeya-Jones.

He recently played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and was invited to play in this week’s Derby Festival in Louisville but turned that down to concentrate on his academic work.

Nike Hoop Summit helps prepare De’Aaron Fox for what lies ahead at Kentucky

De'Aaron Fox (USA Basketball Photo)

De’Aaron Fox (USA Basketball Photo)


He’s had plenty of high school honors, but playing for Team USA for the first time in the Nike Hoop Summit is something special for Kentucky signee De’Aaron Fox.

“It’s a great accomplishment. It’s my first time finally on a team,” said Fox during a telephone interview from Portland, Ore., where the Nike Hoop Summit will be played Saturday afternoon with future UK teammate Wenyen Gabriel. “I want to make an impact in this game.”

Sacha Killeya-Jones’ mother explains feelings about Twitter death threat against her son

McDonald's Photo

McDonald’s Photo

Kentucky signee Sacha Killeya-Jones says he was just trying to have a little fun with his future UK teammates when they posed for a photo at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago last week showing “L’s Down” to indicate they were already all-in with the UK-Louisville rivalry.

Jones’ mother admits that was probably not the wisest thing for her son to do and expected the negative feedback it got from Louisville fans. However, she said the apparent death threat on Twitter directed as her son was way out of  line.

Even in UK-UofL rivalry, no place for life-threatening tweet


Twitter provides a lot of fun and entertainment for many of us. However, I have to say this old guy was more than a bit shocked by a tweet Friday that could have been taken as a death threat to incoming Kentucky freshman Sacha Killeya-Jones.

It apparently was in retaliation for a tweet that Killeya-Jones posted during the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago earlier this week when he played with three other future Wildcats. He was with De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo when it seemed they were mocking the “L’s up” sign that Cardinal fans use.