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Is Michigan The Place For Kevon Looney?

Kevon Looney '14

Kevon Looney is one of the most sought after recruits in the 2014 class and the interest from schools across the nation has continued to increase. 

The 6’9” power forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin spent the past weekend at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis with his AAU team, the Milwaukee Running Rebels.

There were several coaches in attendance to watch Kevon Looney this past weekend at the Adidas Invitation in Indianapolis.  Among the crowd of coaches was Michigan assistant coach, Jeff Meyer.  Michigan has made it clear that they think Looney is a perfect fit for their system. 

Looney showed exactly why Michigan head coach, John Beilein, is so set on getting him.  The rising senior displayed his athleticism and versatility throughout the tournament.  He was hitting shots from the outside, scoring from the inside and outrebounding nearly every opponent.  Beilein has used the freedom his system offers to sell Looney on coming to Michigan. 

This may be why Michigan seems to be hot on Looney’s list, although he has not revealed much detail about what schools he is leaning towards.  Looney is not restricted to one position on his AAU team and has said he likes the flexibility to play both inside and outside, something that Michigan offers. 

Looney has developed the ability to read the defense and make moves based on what the mismatch presents.  His ability to play like a guard or a post makes it extremely challenging for opponents to stop Looney from scoring. 

Looney has admitted that after seeing the success of Glen Robinson III in his first year at Michigan, he could see himself fitting into a similar role there.  Looney wants to play for a program that he will impact right away and there is no doubt that he would be able to be a key player for the Wolverines right away, much like Robinson III was. 

His length is what reminds people of Robinson III and is a major reason he would be successful in Michigan’s system, especially on the defensive end.  The ground he covers with his length enables him to match up with different positions on the court in a man-to-man situation.  In a zone set, which Michigan runs, his length stretches out the defense and creates a lot of problems for the opposing team.

Beilein and Looney have already began developing a good relationship and keep in contact a couple times a week.  Assistant coach LaVall Jordan has been the main recruiter of Looney and has developed a great relationship with him.  Despite this, Looney has kept his thoughts on where Michigan stands on his list fairly private.   

Looney plans to have his list of schools narrowed down to five by the end of July.  Other schools that are on his radar are Florida, Duke, Michigan State, Stanford, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Georgetown.