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Power Forward Kevon Looney: Duke’s Newest Target


Overview

 

With Duke’s recruiting class for 2013 practically wrapped up after small forward Jabari Parker committed, you knew head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff would turn up the heat on class of 2014 targets; and that’s exactly what he has done. Junior power forward Kevon Looney became the latest prospect to pick up a Duke offer two days ago as the Blue Devils join Looney’s long offer list that includes the likes of Cincinnati, Georgetown, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. The 6’8, 200-pound Wisconsin native is averaging over 25 points a game and has had performances of 50-plus points and triple-doubles (points-rebounds-blocks).

The Milwaukee Hamilton High School (WI) junior was named to the Associated Press All-State Second Team last season and averaged over 20 points and nearly nine rebounds a year ago. Looney was also named the Milwaukee City Conference Player of the Year, a unanimous First Team All-State selection by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and a Sophomore All-American by MaxPreps.

Looney lists offers from Florida, Illinois, Marquette, Maryland, Missouri, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas and Villanova, among others, as well as interest from Kentucky and North Carolina. Since he’s only half way through his junior year, Looney isn’t far into the recruiting process. He has yet to make a list and has said that location doesn’t matter to him. One thing Looney has said that matters to him, however, is the conference his future school plays in, as well as their coaching staff, style of play and their ability to help him get to the NBA. Don’t expect Looney to make many recruiting headlines until after his high school season, but one thing you can expect him to do is to keep making national news because of his play on the court.

Evaluation

Looney is an ultra-versatile player who shows you a plethora of skills every time you see him play. He constantly attacks the offensive glass and uses the baseline well on the offensive end. He’s a terrific scorer who runs the court very well and plays end-to-end. Looney displays impressive maturity on the court and is a good shot-blocker. He’s a great athlete too and very productive in the mid-range game. He’s the type of player who can grab the rebound on the defensive end, take the ball up the court and then attack the basket off the dribble and dish it to an open teammate. However, he does need to improve his perimeter shot as well as his strength.

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Josh Paunil is a contributor to Duke Report who runs his own site, National Recruiting Spotlight, dedicated to college basketball recruiting. He loves getting feedback on his work and encourages readers to leave a comment on his articles to get a dialogue going. You can follow him on Twitter at @JoshPaunilNRS.

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