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WSN15: Boys Basketball Top Players #4 -- Kevon Looney, Milwaukee Hamilton

04/16/2018, 9:30am CDT
By Mark Miller

The WSN15 series will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of WisSports.net by looking back at the top players, teams, and moments of the past 15 years (2003-2017). 

The WSN15 boys' basketball series continues with the Top 15 Players of the WSN Era.

Long, slender, athletic and very skilled, Kevon Looney became one of the most heavily recruited high school basketball players in Wisconsin history during the summer and fall of 2013.

Schools across America offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward from Milwaukee Hamilton, who was ranked among the top 20 prospects in the country by most scouting services, including No. 10 by Rivals.com. 

After taking a visit to UCLA in October, Looney surprised many by turning down offers from Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Tennessee and Wisconsin, among many others, in order to sign with the Bruins. 

Looney made his announcement on Halloween morning and signed with the Pac 12 school a few weeks later.

Over the following months, Looney turned in a special senior season playing for coach Randy Williams at Hamilton. He averaged 27.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 8.0 blocks and 7.0 assists while shooting 60 percent from the floor. 

Looney was named Player of the Year in the Milwaukee City Conference for the second time in his four-year prep career, and also garnered state Player of the Year honors from Gatorade and the Associated Press. 

The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association also selected Looney as the Mr. Basketball award winner in 2014.

A McDonald's and Parade Magazine All-American, Looney finished his prep career with 2,122 points and had 45 points in his final high school game, an 84-82 loss to West Allis Central in a WIAA Division 1 regional final.

At UCLA, Looney started all 36 games in 2014-15 and averaged 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Bruins. 

Looney opted to enter the 2015 NBA Draft after one season at UCLA and was chosen with the 30th pick by the Golden State Warriors. 

After playing in just five games as a rookie, Looney has appeared in 53 and 66 games for the Warriors in the past two seasons. 

He is earning $1.4 million per season and averaged 4.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 2017-18.

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