Running Rebels community basketball program

March 18, 2015 by Running Rebels — The Running Rebels Community Organization and the Milwaukee Public School system are once again collaborating to advance the opportunities of school-aged youth and adolescents. As an organization that believes every child deserves equal access to opportunities, RRCO formed their intramural basketball teams to capture those who may be ineligible to play due or attend a school without a team. Read Article


Spotlight: UCLA Basketball’s Kevon Looney

January 28, 2015 by UCLA Men’s Basketball — This week’s UCLA “Spotlight” features freshman basketball player Kevon Looney, who has made a tremendous impact on the Bruins’ team this season. He is the nation’s only freshman currently averaging a double-double. Looney, a 6-foot-9 forward from Milwaukee, Wis., enters this Thursday’s game against Utah having netted 13.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Read Article


UCLA’s Kevon Looney Named to Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason List

January 23, 2015 by — UCLA forward Kevon Looney has been selected as one of 14 outstanding first-year players to the midseason watch list for the 2015 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award. Looney, a 6-foot-9 forward from Milwaukee, Wis., is the only freshman in the nation currently averaging a double-double. Entering this Saturday’s game at Oregon, Looney has registered 12.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game in 19 starts for UCLA (11-8, 3-3 Pac-12).

The Wayman Tisdale Award will be presented to the national freshman of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Read Article


Rising Star UCLA Forward Kevon Looney

January 23, 2015 by CBS Baltimore — Kevon Looney came to UCLA as one of the top prospects in the country (ranked 10th by Scout; 15 by Rivals), which in this era means the NBA is not far off. The UCLA coaching staff knows this. “You recruit him with thought that he’s probably going to be a one-and-done,” Bruins assistant Ed Schilling says. “It’s not something we necessarily talk about, but as we’re planning we see him as a one-and-done guy.” Looney is only halfway through his freshman season, but he’s showing why he has the skills to make the quick jump to the next level.

A statistic that has proven to translate well from college to the pros is rebounding, Looney’s greatest strength. Honed from years of chasing down his older brother’s shots at pick-up games in Milwaukee, Looney has a knack for being in the right spot. It doesn’t hurt that he’s 6’9” with a 7’4” wingspan. “He’s as good a rebounder as there is in the country at both ends of the floor,” Schilling says. Looney is averaging 10.3 rebounds per game, tops in the Pac-12 and fourth in the country among major conference players. He’s a double-double machine, and had his best game against Stanford two weeks ago, scoring 27 and grabbing 19 boards in a double-overtime win. Read Article


Kevon Looney Player of the Week

January 15, 2015 by NBC Sports — UCLA’s season was over. They had lost five straight games, had kicked off Pac-12 play by losing at Colorado and getting embarrassed at Utah, and had managed to make the term ‘Daddy Ball’ popular among the Bryce Alford haters. But that all changed this past week, as the Bruins beat both Stanford — in double-overtime — and Cal at Pauley Pavilion. And suddenly, things don’t look so bad. That five-game losing streak consisted of two top ten teams and three road games, and with games against USC, Oregon and Oregon State coming up, a 5-2 mark in league play heading into Super Bowl weekend is feasible. Read Article


Pac12 Player of the Week Kevon Looney

January 12, 2015 by — UCLA freshman forward Kevon Looney has earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after having averaged 21.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the Bruins’ two home wins against Stanford and California last week.

Looney, a 6-foot-9 freshman from Milwaukee, Wis., recorded season highs with 27 points and 19 rebounds in the Bruins’ 86-81 victory in double overtime against Stanford last Thursday. In that contest, Looney became UCLA’s first player to total as many as 27 points and 19 rebounds in one game since Ed O’Bannon finished with 28 points and 19 rebounds on Feb. 26, 1994, in a win over Stanford.

Three days later, Looney scored a team-leading 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help lead UCLA past California, 73-54, in Pauley Pavilion. Read Article


Looney shows why he is a top NBA draft pick!

January 9, 2015 by SBNATION — UCLA needed a win in the worst way coming into its Thursday night matchup against Stanford. The Bruins’ season was spiraling out of control thanks to a five-game losing streak that included a national embarrassment against Kentucky. Yes, four of the five games were away from Pauley Pavilion and all five teams the Bruins lost to are potential NCAA Tournament squads. Still, for a program as proud as UCLA, that type of context doesn’t provide much consolation.

Stanford is a good team in its own right. The Cardinal have taken out ranked teams in Texas and Washington and entered the night at 9-4. For most of the game, it looked like Stanford would push UCLA’s losing streak to six games. When Chasson Randle hit a three-pointer with just over eight minutes remaining, Stanford led 64-51. That’s when Bruins freshman forward Kevon Looney decided it was time to remind everyone he was the best player on the court. Read Article


Beyond the game!

November 29, 2014 by FOX6 — There they were on the day after Thanksgiving — together as one, and in some cases, for the first time in 55 years! “It is so wonderful to see these fellas again. We grew up together. Sometimes we pushed each other around, but it was nothing ever that you would be angry about to hold a grudge, you know,” Roosevelt Moore, who played on the 1959 Lincoln High School basketball team said.

In 1959, during the height of segregation and racial tension in America, two predominantly black Milwaukee Public Schools high school basketball teams — North Division and Lincoln made history by becoming the first two Milwaukee teams to play for the state championship. It wouldn’t happen again until 40 years later. Lincoln won the game 65-56, but in reality, everyone won. “After I grew up a little bit, I realized the community won more than just the two of us,” Andrew Chesser, who played for that Lincoln team said.

“I really honestly believe that gave an emphasis for Marquette and other schools around to start becoming basketball powers, but the first basketball player that Al McGuire recruited was from North Division,” Dr. Harry Oden, who played for North Division said. Read Article