Looney Has Big Goals at UCLA

Kevon Looney

Incoming freshman power forward Kevon Looney already has his goals set up for his arrival at UCLA, and one of them involves hanging a banner...

One of the most versatile prospects in the 2014 class is 6-foot-8, 210-pound Milwaukee Hamilton power forward Kevon Looney.

This week in McDonald's All-American Game practices Looney has shown all the way he impacts the game with his scoring from midrange and in, rebounding, shot blocking and motor.

In the game Wednesday night, the future Bruin had six points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 11 minutes.

"It's an amazing feeling and a great opportunity," Looney said.

Looney also had a successful senior season, feeling like he he made progress as a player, although he still knows he has plenty to work on.

"I became a better leader and shot the ball really well," Looney said. "I didn't hit a lot of threes last year but probably about 40 or 50 this year. I had a really good year.

"I'm working on getting stronger and faster while continuing to develop my shot. I also need to work on defense; that's going to be big for me on the next level."

Looney made one of the surprise commitments of the 2014 recruiting season when he chose UCLA, something he says he didn't know he was going to do until he officially visited campus.

"I wasn't planning on it but I knew I always liked UCLA, knew it was a good campus and that I loved California," he said. "Once I saw the campus with my own eyes, I knew it.

"I had a good feeling about UCLA but that was my last visit. Nobody knew, my parents didn't know. But I took the visit, went back home and knew it was the school for me. "

Even though he hasn't been back to campus since committing, Looney kept a close eye on UCLA over the season.

"I watched UCLA a lot this year," he said. "It's a great system; the players are allowed to play and they utilize their skills. I think I can come in and play. The Wear twins will leave and I think I can come in and fill their position."

When Looney arrives in Westwood, he has a handful of goals.

"I hope to be Freshman of the Year in the Pac-12, win the Pac-12 and win a national championship," he said.

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