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Sacha Killeya-Jones admits football was first love; Wants to get UK a national title

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Often the overlooked man of Kentucky's stacked 2016 class, Sacha Killeya-Jones is a special type of talent who wasn't always in love with the sport he now plays.

In an interview with the News Advance, Killeya-Jones admitted that football was his first love, but how he would soon fall in love with the sport he's now excelling at.

"Football was really my first love. I played basketball when I was younger but I wasn’t good and I didn’t like it. I played football up until sophomore year. I really stopped playing because I was too tall and too skinny to be a quarterback. … I started playing at Woodberry my sophomore year.

"We had study hall from 7:45 to 8:45 and then we had a 15-minute break. So that 15-minute break, I just completely devoted myself to basketball and put up as many shots as I could. Every chance I had, I was going to the gym.

"I always really wanted to go to the NFL, but I was like, ‘If I can’t play football, then the next best thing is basketball.’ It’s really done a lot for me. They say working hard can take you places and basketball has taken me across the world."

As for his goals in college, Killeya-Jones made it clear he wants to bring a national championship to Kentucky Basketball.

"I really want the best that I can be. Right now, I want to go to Kentucky, battle for minutes and go into practice and get better every day. Spend all my time in the gym. I want to win a win a national championship for Kentucky. That’s a really big goal for all of us coming into the recruiting class. Then, whenever my time is right, I want to go to the NBA and have a sustained career there."

Be sure to read the full interview here.