Kevon Looney is the rare high school prospect who lives up to the hype. Perhaps it’s because Looney produces on the court and doesn’t make a show out of it. You won’t see a stare down after a dunk or trash talking after a big play. Don’t get it twisted though, Looney plays the game with passion and intensity, he just isn’t the type to talk about it.
While Looney might prefer the humble approach, underestimating the nearly 6’9 (according to measurements from Nike) junior’s game would be a big mistake. Looney was downright dominant during stretches at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas. Playing against the best competition in the country Looney scored at will in the paint. Whether he was finishing strong above the rim, taking bigger opponents off the dribble, or getting easy buckets with his soft half hook, Looney made his presence felt on nearly every possession.
The Milwaukee product’s ability to break smaller defenders down off the dribble has drawn comparisons to a young Kevin Durant. While no player can quite live up to being compared to the League’s best scorer, the similarities are apparent. Looney’s mixture length (7’1 wingspan) and perimeter skills make him a unique offensive and defensive weapon. While many observers fall in love with Looney’s scoring ability (Kevon scored 50 points in his season opener this year), some of his best attributes are on the defensive end.
Looney has proven that he is a solid rebounder, but he is a truly great shot blocker. His instincts on defense and his offensive efficiency set him apart from the wave of bigger players attempting to step outside and show that they possess perimeter skills. The biggest difference in my mind is that Looney doesn’t feel the need to prove that he can knock down three pointers, he simply takes what the defense gives him.
Kevon is currently ranked 7th in the CityLeagueHoops average rankings (coincidentally he’s #7 on ESPN, Scout, and Rivals). With offers from heavy hitters like Duke, Michigan, Kansas, Michigan State, and Cincinnati Looney is one of the most highly recruited players in the country. Scouts and fans can’t say enough about Looney’s potential, but Kevon would rather let his game do the talking.