Looney Has UNC's Attention

MEQUON, Wis. - Kevon Looney's performances at June camps vaulted his ranking into the Class of 2014's Top 10. His performances in July have attracted a lot of attention from college coaches, including North Carolina.

UNC's coaches have watched Looney play in both of the first two evaluation periods this month and the 6-8 forward from Milwaukee (Wis.) Hamilton acknowledged that the staff has also been in touch over the phone.

"I spoke to the assistant coach once and my Dad has spoken to them a couple of times and they came last week and this week to watch me play," Looney said of Carolina's interest. "I spoke with Coach McGrath. That was his first time watching me play, so he told me he liked the way I played and that he intended to come watch me play again."

Looney, who claims offers from Georgetown, Marquette, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Michigan, Michigan State, and Cincinnati, thinks highly of Carolina's program.

"North Carolina is a great program -- they send a lot of players to the NBA, it's in a great conference, and it's a great school overall," Looney said.

Although Carolina has yet to offer, Looney is still early in the recruiting process and said he is currently just enjoying playing on the big stage in front of the college coaches.

"There's a lot of coaches, a lot of fans, and a lot of great players, so it's been a lot of fun," Looney said of his July experience. "I love playing in front of the coaches. You get to showcase your skills. You're always talking to them but now you actually get to play in front of them, so it's great."

With a tremendous wingspan and feel for the game, Looney is already being hailed as one of the country's best rebounders, despite his skinny frame. Scout.com's Evan Daniels proclaimed earlier this month: "There's not a better offensive rebounder in the country than Kevon Looney. Period."

While Scout.com currently projects Looney as a power forward, Kevon sees himself in a different light.

"I would like to play the three," Looney said. "That's what I practice on and that's what I usually play. Since we have a smaller team, I have to play big sometimes.

"For me it's just about being versatile, rebounding, and playing inside and out. I'm trying to do whatever the team needs me to do to help win."

Looney also has some skills he is working to develop over the summer in order to enhance his stock even more.

"I'm going to continue to work on my ball handling and my shooting and I'm trying to get stronger and faster," Looney said.

And while he recently made his way into the top 10 in the 2014 class, Looney is not concerned with having a target on his back; he's concerned about the people ranked ahead of him.

"I'm actually the one targeting people," Looney said. "I'm always looking at the rankings to see who is ahead of me so I can play them and be the best player in the class. I'm looking for those matchups."

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