Thursday, May 9, 2013
Elite 2014 PF is in high demand
By Dave Telep
Spend enough time on the high school basketball circuit and you’ll find there are certain players you gravitate toward because you know exactly what you’re getting when you go watch them. ESPN 60 forward Kevon Looney (Milwaukee/Hamilton) is one of those guys.
Duke, Michigan State, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kansas are among a big pack of programs that will vie for his signature.
Kevon Looney is ranked seventh in the 2014 class and has a slew of offers from D-I powers.
Looney, who's ranked No. 7 overall in the 2014 class, proudly crashed through the 200-pound barrier recently and pushes 6-foot-8. No matter what he measures out at, it won’t impact or do justice to his approach. He is long and graced with a wingspan that allows him to play a key role on interior defense and the boards. And playing hard, well, that’s just what he does.
“It’s fun, I like playing basketball,” Looney said. “It’s fun, you gotta play hard all the time. Coach stressed to me, and my dad always yelled at me to play hard.”
Looney’s answer might sound simple, but you’d be amazed how difficult it can be for some guys to grasp the concept of playing hard. Honestly, some kids play just because they’re so big that it’s almost as if they’re expected to play and not because they love the game. Looney? He’s a lover of the game.
Looney also has a great reputation as a character guy, and his combination of academic resume and talent is unique. He excels in multiple aspects of his life.
Being labeled a tweener is something many prospects might run from, but Looney doesn’t think much about it. “I’m a three-four, it don’t really matter," he said. "I just love being on the court and I’m going to make plays wherever you put me at.”
Duke recently began making a big play for him. Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t see a lot of underclassmen during the season, but he went to see Looney. The Blue Devils made a definite impression.
“For sure, I think my parents are pretty sold they want to see Duke,” Looney said. “So Duke, Michigan State and Florida are up there as some I might want to see (officially), but it could change.”
Florida, Duke and Wisconsin conducted recent in-home visits.