Wisconsin Still in the Race for Looney

Playing high school basketball a little over an hour from the campus, Milwaukee Hamilton five-star power forward Kevon Looney says the University of Wisconsin is still a big player in his recruitment.

With national-championship programs like Duke, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State and others in the mix, many assume that Milwaukee Hamilton star forward Kevon Looney isn't going to give the in-state schools much of a look.

And while that's true of Marquette, the No.7 overall prospect in the 2014 class by Fox Sports Next is still very interested in the University of Wisconsin.

"I talk to them frequently," said Looney, who is competing in the NBPA Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia. "They used all their visits during the spring. They made an in-home visit. They came to a lot of my high school games. I like them a lot."

The 6-9, 210-pound power forward – ranked No.3 in the country at his position – has dazzles scouts during the camp with his versatility as a scorer, rebounding, high motor and aggressiveness on the court. It's one of the main reasons the Badgers have continued to pursue Looney despite appearing to not have an available scholarship in the 2014 class.

Looney said Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and associate head coach Greg Gard made it abundantly clear how high Looney was on UW's recruiting board during a recent in-home visit.

"Bo Ryan is a pretty cool guy … and we had a great visit," said Looney. "He is pretty entertaining when you get to talk to him. I like Wisconsin."

Averaging 26.1 points per game last season, Looney didn't get a chance to visit many schools on unofficial visits. The last visits he took were to Tennessee during his dad's family reunion and Wisconsin unofficially two seasons ago.

"It was a great trip," Looney said of Madison. "I went to games when they played Ohio State and Michigan State. It was two great games. It was a great scene. I got to see the locker room, weight room and stuff."

Currently holding a top 10 of Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and Wisconsin, Looney plans to narrow his list to a top five by the end of the July evaluation period, spend August and the fall going on visits and commit to a school in November by the start of his season.

And while he said Wisconsin's location of being close to home is a serious consideration, Looney claims no favorites.

"I am going to go to school where it's the best fit for me," he said, "whether it's in Wisconsin or California or any state."

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