Kevon Looney: 19-years old, UCLA, Power Forward/Small Forward
Draft Express Measurements (Draft Combine): 6″9.25, 222-pounds, 7″3.5 wingspan
2014-15 Stats: 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 blocks, 1.3 steals, 47% field goals, 63% free-throws, 42% threes, 30.9 minutes
Quick Season Review: Kevon Looney was a walking double at times for a UCLA Bruins that played terrific in the second half of the season. Looney, was one of the Bruins key contributors on both ends, despite being an inconsistent source of offense at times. After a five game losing streak early in the year, the Bruins turned it around and not only made the NCAA Tournament, but made the Sweet 16. Looney was as valuable as any Bruin as he led them in rebounds and three-point percentage, second in blocks. Looney’s best game was against Stanford, when the Bruins won in double overtime, he finished with 27 points and 19 rebounds.
Strengths: Loads of potential, Looney is one of the younger players in the draft. Has lots of length and can defend multiple forward spots. Very good vision for a forward and has a good handle for his size. Solid jump shooter that is improving. Excellent rebounder, particularly on the offensive end. Doesn’t make many mistakes (1.3 turnovers). Smart player and is extremely coachable.
Weaknesses: Can add weight to frame. Must improve offensively, can certainly add post moves. Must improve free-throw shooting. Can work on his off hand. Has to create offense. Must become tougher mentally.
Where He Would Help Spurs?
Kevon Looney is a project player, which isn’t the worst thing, since the Spurs typically don’t use rookies. Looney can get pointers from Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard, working with them in practice will go long way. A few years down the line, Looney can be the steal of draft if all goes well.
NBA Comparison: Al-Farouq Aminu
Kevon Looney has more potential than Al-Farouq Aminu, but that’s a comparison that comes to mind. Both players can certainly be considered “tweeners”. Both are offensively raw and are incredibly long.
Below is a Kevon Looney highlights video uploaded by Too Mainey.