Position: Power Forward
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2014-2015 NCAA Statistics:
11.6 PTS 9.2 REB 1.4 AST 1.3 STL 0.9 BLK 47.0 FG% 41.5 3PT% 62.6 FT%
Draft Projection: Mid-1st Round/Late Lottery
NBA Player Comparison: Harrison Barnes
Kevon Looney had an impressive freshman season. The athleticism and incredible ability to rebound was apparent throughout his entire freshman campaign. We knew all about that, but what was very impressive was his 3-point shooting. He averaged right over 40% from 3 which will be very welcoming for an NBA team. I don’t know yet if that 3-point shot will transition over to the pros, but either way he will be a very capable mid-range shooter.
Right now, Looney is seen as a mid-1st round prospect, but some, even one of our own writers, has Looney going late in the lottery to possibly the Jazz or Thunder. I disagree with this notion, but there is no denying Kevon Looney’s skills and his potential. I have some problems with his game though. I have no idea how he is going to guard any opposing PF on the block. Yes, he has the length to do so, but he will get bullied with his lack of size and strength. I’m sure he will spend a lot of time this off-season putting the work in at the weight room. Another problem exists in his patience on offense. Too often during the NCAA season, I saw Looney force the issue on offense. With Norman Powell and Bryce Alford as his two guards and the primary ball-handlers, there was no need for Kevon to attempt to force the issue. As he lets the offense flow around him, he will find it much easier to find his open shots.
Harrison Barnes, just like Looney, came out of college with an enormous amount of potential. In his first year, Barnes struggled to hit his shot, but once he really settled into Golden State’s offense, he found it much easier to be productive. Like I just said, that is what Looney must do. If Kevon develops a 3-point shot, just as Harrison had done, and works on the problems I had discussed, he has the chance to become a very solid contributor on a playoff team.
Future Professional Potential: Solid Starter