Top 2014 Wisconsin Prep Basketball Recruit Receiving Major Offers
Junior Standout Kevon Looney Hearing From Major Programs
One of the top players not only in the state of Wisconsin but in the nation is junior forward Kevon Looney. The 6’8” junior is drawing plenty of attention not just from in-state colleges, but major college powerhouses from around the country.
The comparisons to Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant are already starting. With his length and ability to drive the ball in the paint or step outside for the long range jumper, it’s easy to see why some people would make that comparison.
As only a sophomore playing in the very tough and physical Milwaukee City Conference last year, Looney was able to average an astonishing 22.2 points per game, good enough to lead all scorers in the conference and come away with Player of the Year honors in that league. This is a conference remember that has my third best recruit from the class of 2013 Milwaukee Vincent’s Deonte Burton who finished fourth in league scoring with 18.8 points per game.
The offers for Looney have already started pouring in and with his junior year just getting started, I expect even more to come his way. The programs that have already given the talented junior offers are the Georgetown Hoyas, Illinois Fighting Illini, Kansas Jayhawks, Marquette Golden Eagles, Michigan Wolverines, Missouri Tigers, Tennessee Volunteers and Wisconsin Badgers.
In this article I am going to rank from the school’s who have given Looney an offer at this time the best fit for him. This is just the tip of the iceberg for the very talented junior. As he plays on this year and next year, Looney will end up receiving numerous offers and plenty of attention.
8. Tennessee Volunteers
Second year coach Cuonzo Martin has the Volunteers on the upswing. Would this be the best fit for Looney? Possibly but I find it a long shot. Unless Martin and the rest of the Volunteers can work some magic, I don't see Looney calling Tennessee home. Never say never I guess, but it would be one heck of a long shot.
7. Missouri Tigers
The Tigers are another young team on a major upswing. The Tigers won the Big 12 Conference tournament a season ago and coach Frank Haith has the team headed in the right direction. Another long shot for Looney yes, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Tigers are able to somehow snatch him away from everyone else.
6. Georgetown Hoyas
John Thompson III is one of the better coaches in the country and the Hoyas are still one of the better teams in the Big East and the nation. Adding Looney to their team would be a big step in their chase to a national championship. Look for Georgetown to make a big push for Looney in the next couple of years.
5. Illinois Fighting Illini
Although Illinois may not have one of the better teams in the Big 10, they could pitch to Looney about how adding him and other pieces around him could make the Illini relevant once again. The Illini are hoping new head coach John Groce is just the man to turn the program around and Looney could be the player to do just that as well.
4. Michigan Wolverines
The Wolverines are on the upswing as they look to contend for a Big 10 championship and a deep run in the NCAA tournament. Adding a player like Looney in a couple years could be the one player that could get the Wolverines over the hump and into the Final Four. Coach John Beilein will look to make a strong push for Looney and land one of the hottest prospects in the nation.
3. Wisconsin Badgers
The Badgers are a choice for obvious reasons. First off it's in-state and close to home. Secondly, the Badgers are one of the more consistent teams in the nation. Also coach Bo Ryan knows exactly what to do with a player like Looney. His length will be perfect on defense and grabbing rebounds and his long range is right up Ryan's alley. The Badgers have a knack for snatching up highly touted in-state recruits and they will do anything and everything possible to land Looney.
2. Kansas Jayhawks
The Jayhawks year in and year out are always in the hunt for a national championship. Bill Self is a great coach and knows just how to use a player like Looney. Kansas is a very attractive pick for Looney for that reason alone and also it's a program that prepares players for the NBA. Another reason Looney could pick the Jayhawks is the atmosphere at Phog Allen Fieldhouse and the numerous banners hanging in the rafters.
1. Marquette Golden Eagles
The reason I have Marquette at the top spot is simple. It's not only in-state it's a school that is in the same city as Looney lives in. Not only that coach Buzz Williams has one of the top programs in the nation right now and will contend for a Big East championship once again. Not to mention Williams and the Golden Eagles have one of the best recruiting classes in the nation heading into next season. Add that all up and Looney could very well be the man that can take the Golden Eagles back to the Final Four and contend for a national championship.
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