Kevon Looney Celebrity Life
Kevon Looney is an American basketball player born on February 6, 1996. He was born in Wisconsin. Looney was introduced to basketball at a very young age by his brother who used to play pick up games often. Soon, he took to the game himself.
He was a big fan of Kobe Bryant and emulated his game at a very young age. Looney attended Alexander Hamilton High in Milwaukee where he played for the basketball team.
He was one of the best players in the team and before even graduating, was already being recruited by colleges as a freshman. As a sophomore in 2012, he was awarded the Player of the Year while averaging 20.9 points, 2.0 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game. With his prowess, he was instrumental in leading a bunch of unknown players to runner-up position for the conference title.
Looney was awarded the Wisconsin Mr. Basketball title by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. ESPN listed Looney as a five-star prospect. So did Rivals.com and Scout.com.
In the senior year, he had an impressive average of 28.9 points, 8 blocks and 7 assists per game. His height gave him a great advantage but he was also the best passer, mostly playing point guard. His team Hamilton won its first league title in four years with Looney consistently leading his team to victory.
Looney attended UCLA in 2013. He was automatically inducted into the UCLA basketball team, the Bruins. However, in his freshman season, much before he could start playing, Looney suffered a hip injury in the gym. The injury made him less agile and also hampered his speed and lateral movement.
However, with all his limitations, he still played well. In the season opener, the Bruins won against Montana State. Looney averaged 20 points, nine rebounds and three assists with a 113-78 victory. His next four games had double-doubles each, registering a record career-high of 27 points and 19 rebounds against Stanford.
In the year 2015, Looney declared his eligibility for the 2015 draft. However, there were some rumors going around about his hip injury and thus his draft stock dropped. Nevertheless, the Golden State Warriors inducted him into the team and he played on their Las Vegas Summer League team.
Looney was assigned to the Golden State Warrior D league affiliate called the Santa Cruz Warriors. He made his debut against the Idaho Stampede. While playing for 16 minutes, he scored 11 points and 12 rebounds.
He was later recalled to the Golden State Warriors. On January 24, 2016, he was activated and played his first professional game against the Dallas Mavericks. Golden State won that evening and Looney finished with 2 rebounds and 2 points in a 127-107 win. Looney hip injury came back to haunt him and had to undergo surgery again. Thus he could not play for 15 months.
With a long lay off, Looney had become unfit and overweight. He hired a personal trainer and thus lost 30 pounds, making him fighting fit. On October 27, 2017, he recorded an emphatic win over Washington with nine points on 4 of 4 shooting and five rebounds. Golden State won that game 120-117.
Looney is 6 foot 9 inches tall. With that kind of physique, he is an efficient small-ball center, able to guard all five positions. His agility allows him to switch assignments and defend guards rather effortlessly. His movement at the perimeter is quite effective and thus, pump fakes don’t ensnare him. He was also proficient at catching lob passes.
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