In my eyes it’s never too early to start talking about future recruiting classes and the impact those players are starting to make. One player who has made a huge impact this year already is forward Kevon Looney of Milwaukee Hamilton.
Looney has seen the offers just roll in this season from pretty much a who’s who of top college basketball programs, including in-state teams Wisconsin Badgers and Marquette Golden Eagles. The most recent came Saturday when the Duke Blue Devils offered Looney just one day after coach Mike Krzyzewski was in attendance as Milwaukee Hamilton lost to Milwaukee Washington. In that game Looney went to score 23 points in the defeat.
This season Looney is averaging 25.3 points per game while leading Hamilton to a 14-1 record and 4-1 in a tough Milwaukee City Conference.
It has been awhile since a player as talented and skilled as Looney has come from this great state of Wisconsin. He’s a top ten player according to the major scouting sites, 247 has Looney at four, ESPN has him at No. 6 and Rivals has him at seven. And I think it goes without saying that I have Looney at the top of my list in the 2014 class. Call it in-state bias if you want, but Looney has all the makings of being the top dog of 2014, edging out even Jahlil Okafor.
Looney plays longer than what he is, meaning that his long arms add even more length to his 6’8″ frame. He can score from anywhere in the low post or can face up defenders and either hit the mid-range jump shot, drive and hit a floater or take it straight to the rim. Looney is a great rebounder and crashes the offensive glass very well.
Playing at a high level every game, Looney is one of the best in the state regardless of what class. There are well over a dozen offers that have come Looney’s way and throughout this season and next that number will grow. Looney is a great player who will only get better and will grow into the top of his class by this time next season.