Our next installment of the Under the Microscope series has us take a look at another stud prospect from the 2014 basketball recruiting class, small forward Kevon Looney.
The 6-9, 195 pound wing player out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a five-star player and consensus top-ten prospect in this class. Looney doesn’t have many weaknesses in his game and he is a very well-rounded product at this point. Many scouts have compared him to Kevin Durant, which is definitely high praise. Let’s take a closer look.
Size/Athleticism: Looney has to get a bit stronger, but he has the frame to do so. He is one of the most impressive athletes in this class. When he grows a bit more, he has the potential to be a force on the court. An elite physical talent.
Scoring Ability: He has great ability from all spots on the floor, especially the low wing and high post. When he is in attack mode, few defenders can slow him down. At times, is too unselfish of a player and backs down a bit. He does need to polish up his jump shot a bit.
Rebounding: The best rebounding wing player in this class on both sides of the floor. Not much more to be said there.
Defense: Looney is a very good defender as well. His athleticism makes him a force to be reckoned with on the defensive end of the floor.
Instincts/IQ: Has to improve his shot selection and become a bit more assertive. A smart player who likes to get his teammates involved, but he’s too much of a weapon to become as passive as he does at times. When he realizes how gifted he is, this will improve.
Potential: Kevon Looney is a phenomenal talent. As a combo forward, he has the potential to be a nightmare match-up for opponents. It’s pretty tough to compare a guy to an NBA superstar, but Looney definitely has some Kevin Durant in his game. I also see a bit of Glenn Robinson III in him as well. He hasn’t even tapped his true potential yet.
Where Michigan Stands: A ton of schools are in the mix for Looney’s services right now. He has offers from Michigan, Duke, UCLA, Connecticut, Kansas, and many more. 247’s four Crystal Ball predictions have him headed to Duke at this point, but his recruitment is starting to heat up a bit more. If Michigan was able to pull in a guy like this, along with Devin Booker, watch out for this program going forward. Suddenly, they become a national powerhouse. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
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