Looney brings needed change for UCLA

Five-star Kevon Looney brings something that was greatly missing at UCLA in recent years.

Leading up to his choosing of UCLA no one seemed to seriously give the Bruins a chance. UCLA was seen as possibly the sixth most likely landing spot for five-star forward Kevon Looney. Now Looney has picked the Bruins, and he should fill a major void from day one.

At 6-foot-8 and around 210 pounds, Looney will have to put on weight to his lean frame, but there is no doubting his toughness. Even if he will be at a slight physical disadvantage as a freshman, there is no questioning what he will bring to the table.

With only current redshirt freshman Wannaah Bail at his position on the depth chart, it is fair to assume that Looney will have an excellent chance to come right in and start. Even if he doesn't start, he will bring something to the Bruins that has been sorely lacking lately.

While UCLA has had some very talented pieces to the puzzle up front lately, opposing coaches to a man all would use the same word to describe the Bruins frontcourt, and that word was "soft". With new Head Coach Steve Alford in charge, he wanted to change that, and he found a way to get it done.

Looney is your typical city of Milwaukee product. He plays with elite energy, crashes the boards as well as any prospect around, and brings toughness to the floor. In fact it is his hard-nosed blue collar attitude that makes him one of the more productive players around.

While Looney isn't a very outgoing kid verbally and isn't super demonstrative, there is no choice but to follow his lead. His toughness and motor seem to bring out the best in his teammates, and even as a freshman that is going to be important for the Bruins.

With Tony Parker slated to be the starting center next to him, the Bruins now have two very talented frontcourt players who will rebound and bring a little bit of attitude when they step on the court.

Alford and his staff needed an impact recruit in a big way, and they landed one. It just so happens that they surprised some people in the process, but Looney comes at the right time at a position of need.

This is big for the Bruins, and if Looney can help change a culture around some, it could be big well beyond his time on the floor for UCLA.

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