Looney and Powell Both Drafted

Jun. 26 -- Kevon Looney was picked by the Golden State Warriors, while Norman Powell will head to Toronto...

A year after having three players drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft, UCLA didn't quite reach those heights in the 2015 draft, but the day was still a rousing success. Kevon Looney, the uber-freshman who helped carry the team to the Sweet 16 this year, was drafted with the last pick in the first round by the Golden State Warriors, while Norman Powell, the senior leader who shouldered much of the defensive load for UCLA this year, was picked with the 46th overall selection by the Toronto Raptors (pick traded from the Milwaukee Bucks).

Looney was one of the best freshmen in college basketball this year, averaging 11.6 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game. He developed more of an outside game as the season went on, even starting to hit a fair percentage of three-pointers by about the midway point of the season.

In the weeks leading up to the Draft, there were medical concerns about Looney, specifically with respect to a type of asthma he may suffer from, that may have led to his stock dropping. At points during the lead-up to his freshman year and even throughout the season, he was expected to be a lottery pick. In any case, he'll arrive on the roster of the defending champions, which could make playing time difficult to come by.

Powell, who probably wasn't projected as an NBA Draft pick as of even a year ago, had a big senior season where he showed much improved decision-making and leadership. His athleticism was never a question. Developing a consistent jumpshot is still a key for him, and he'll get his chance to develop with the Raptors.


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