October 31, 2013 by Slam Online.com — After considering Wisconsin, Michigan State, Duke, UCLA, Tennessee and Florida, Kevon Looney, a highly touted 6-8 power forward from Milwaukee’s Hamilton HS, announced today shortly after 2pm EST at a press conference in his school’s gymnasium that he is taking his talents to Hollywood, choosing the Bruins, to the surprise of many. From the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: “And the winner is … UCLA. Milwaukee Hamilton boys basketball standout Kevon Looney announced his college choice during a press conference Thursday afternoon at Hamilton. His other finalists were Wisconsin, Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Tennessee.
Looney is a 6-foot-9 guard/forward whose size and excellent ballhandling skills made him one of the top recruits in the country. Here is a selection of his national rankings for the 2014 class: Rivals (13th), Scout (14th), ESPN (11th), NY2LA (fifth) and 247 Sports (eighth). In October, he was invited to the 2014 USA developmental national team minicamp. “Looney can do anything he wants,” Milwaukee Vincent coach Marquis Hines said after last season. “He really is unbelievable to me. He could be one of the best players we’ve had in Wisconsin in a long time. He’s an exceptional kid and that’s key.” Looney averaged 26.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, seven blocks and 3.1 assists last season for Hamilton. He made 70% of his shots, including 32% from three-point range, and led a Wildcats squad filled with mostly unproven players to within one victory of the City title.”