Coming as no surprise, the UCLA Bruins will be without the services of Kevon Looney for the 2015-16 campaign, as the five star recruit from Wisconsin has officially declared for the 2015 NBA Draft. Some fans were holding out hope that Looney would return for a sophomore campaign, as the Bruins made a surprise appearance to the Sweet 16 before being ousted by the Gonzaga Bulldogs, all to no avail.
“This was a really tough decision for me because there were so many positives both ways,” Looney said. “My time at UCLA has been unbelievable, and I know I’ll be a Bruin forever. But playing in the NBA is a dream I've had for so long, and this feels like the right time to pursue that dream and make the transition to the next level.”
At 6'9, Looney is lanky, giving him the ability to play both forward spots effectively for Steve Alford's team, notching 14 double-doubles, leading all freshman at the time of the Sweet 16, according to ESPN Stats. Chipping in with a solid 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per outing, Looney helped spread the floor with a solid percentage from three, hitting 41.5% of his attempts.
His strengths are no doubt there for Looney, ability to hit from range, his wingspan allowing him to crash the glass, athleticism that matches his high basketball IQ. Combined all together, Looney's a low bust risk, yet, in order to join the elite of the elite in the pros, Looney needs to put on some muscle, while regaining his lateral athleticism, while improving his repertoire on offense.
Looney earned himself a spot on the All Pac-12 Second team and the All Pac-12 Freshman team.