Wednesday, January 16, 2013
No. 6 junior has at least a dozen offers
By Reggie Rankin
Class of 2014 combo forward Kevon Looney (Milwaukee/Hamilton) is having a tremendous junior campaign and is living up to his No. 6 overall ranking in the ESPN 60.
Not surprisingly, some of college basketball's elite programs have taken notice by extending offers.
Looney list offers from Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Louisville, Georgetown, Stanford, Marquette, Wisconsin, Maryland, NC State and Kansas. Looney said North Carolina and Duke are showing serious interest as well and that Kentucky has called once.
No. 6-ranked junior Kevon Looney hopes to narrow his long list of offers by July.
"I have taken unofficial visits to Marquette, Wisconsin and Tennessee," Looney said.
"I think I will cut my list by the start of the July evaluation period," he added. "I am looking for a school that has a balanced style of play. I want to be able to show my skills in the half court and my athleticism on the break -- show my versatility."
Looney is averaging a triple-double this season at 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks per game. He scored a career-high 50 points in the first game of the season and also had a game where he recorded 17 blocks.
The 6-foot-9, 195-pound forward has a tremendous work ethic. He can score inside and out, and he also rebounds in and out of his area. Looney is dangerous in the high post, where he is a threat to knock down open jumpers with range to the 3-point arc or straight-line drive to the basket. Once he gets to the paint, he can finish above the rim or with great touch and body control over or around multiple defenders.
"I have added strength, improved my conditioning and my 3-point jumper is more consistent," Looney said. "I am best at scoring and rebounding, just being versatile. I need to continue to get stronger and faster. Keep working on my skills and on being a multiple-position defender."
The time spent with Looney at Hamilton High School in the coaches' office was terrific. He was a respectful, humble young man, and his face lit up when he talked about his team and his game. Looney is simply a nice young man with serious game.