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Kevon Looney Believes UCLA's Offense Has Prepared Him For NBA

Jun 24, 2015 5:40 PM

Like many of his fellow draftees, Kevon Looney only spent one season in college, but he believes playing in UCLA’s offense has prepared him to make a smooth transition into the NBA. He is a good ballhandler for his size (6’9”) thanks to some point guard duties in high school and has flashed an ability to score in the pick-and-roll effectively. 

"The structure of playing at UCLA," Looney said when asked how the school helped prepare him to go pro. "Coach [Steve] Alford ran a lot of pro sets, so during workouts I kind of knew what to expect. That’s probably the biggest thing I’ve taken from college, that and the travel. At UCLA you have a lot of media responsibilities too, so you learn to carry yourself like a professional.”

The Milwaukee native is one of several prospects that will benefit from an NBA-caliber strength program. He knows that refining his skill set will come easier if his body is better prepared.

"Improving my body,” he said when asked what he’ll focus on once drafted. "I can improve it all in terms of my skill set. I can become a better shooter, better passer, better ballhandler, but my body will be the biggest key to all that.”

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Kevon Looney Leaving UCLA For NBA Draft

Apr 6, 2015 4:50 PM

Kevon Looney has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft, leaving UCLA after his freshman season.

Looney is expected to be a lottery pick.

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Kevon Looney Closes Agent Decision With Plan To Declare For NBA Draft

Apr 1, 2015 12:13 PM

UCLA freshman forward Kevon Looney has plans to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft and is closing a representation agreement, sources told RealGM.

An active athlete at 6-foot-9, Looney, 19, had been considering several top representation firms and will be in strong contention to become a lottery pick in June.

UCLA's coaching staff admitted to reporters on Tuesday that the NBA could be too tantalizing for Looney to return should he believe in being a top 12 selection.

As the Pac-12's Freshman of the Year and member of the conference all-first team, Looney scored 11.6 points and grabbed 9.2 rebounds per game. He helped lead UCLA to the Sweet Sixteen where the Bruins lost to Gonzaga.

Looney was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and chose the Bruins as his collegiate team after an extensive recruitment process.

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Current NBA, International Alumni From Sweet 16 Schools

Mar 25, 2015 3:26 PM

The 2015 Sweet 16 includes several of the best programs in college basketball that routinely send excellent talent to the NBA and to professional leagues abroad.

The following tallies show the number of players from each school in the NBA and the total number of professional players internationally in the 80+ leagues RealGM covers with full statistical information. The links beside each school list the players and their current season stats.

Midwest
Kentucky (18 in NBA / 33 in Pros)
Notre Dame (1 in NBA / 12 in Pros)
West Virginia (0 in NBA / 15 in Pros)
Wichita State (2 in NBA / 14 in Pros)

West
Wisconsin (3 in NBA / 18 in Pros)
Arizona (12 in NBA / 25 in Pros)
North Carolina (17 in NBA / 32 in Pros)
Xavier (1 in NBA / 17 in Pros

South
Duke (18 in NBA / 28 in Pros)
Gonzaga (3 in NBA / 19 in Pros)
Utah (2 in NBA / 14 in Pros)
UCLA (14 in NBA / 34 in Pros)

East
Oklahoma (1 in NBA / 19 in Pros
Louisville (2 in NBA / 25 in Pros)
Michigan State (6 in NBA / 18 in Pros)
NC State (3 in NBA / 22 in Pros)

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Joseph Young, Stanley Johnson Headline 2015 Pac-12 Awards

Mar 9, 2015 6:03 PM

Joseph Young of Oregon has been named the 2015 Pac-12 Player of the Year.

Joining Young on the All-Pac-12 First Team are Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Stanley Johnson, DaVonte Lacy, T.J. McConnell, Gary Payton II, Norman Powell, Chasson Randle, Tyrone Wallace and Delon Wright.

Stanley Johnson was also named Freshman of the Year, while Gary Payton II won Defensive Player of the Year honors.

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Top NBA Draft Prospects (February Stats)

Mar 2, 2015 11:49 AM

The following stats are for the month of February for the prospects in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Jahlil Okafor: 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 32.4 minutes, 26.9 PER

Karl-Anthony Towns: 11.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.9 blocks, 21.0 minutes, 33.0 PER

D'Angelo Russell: 16.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 34.5 minutes, 21.7 PER

Stanley Johnson: 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 27.0 minutes, 20.3 PER

Willie Cauley-Stein: 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 22.8 minutes, 20.9 PER

Mario Hezonja: 10.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 18.6 minutes, 22.1 PER

Kristaps Porzingis: 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 21.8 minutes, 20.4 PER

Kevon Looney: 10.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, 30.6 minutes, 17.1 PER

Justise Winslow: 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.6 blocks, 34.1 minutes, 24.3 PER

Myles Turner: 10.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 24.1 minutes, 21.3 PER

Kelly Oubre: 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks, 23.8 minutes, 22.2 PER

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Carlton Bragg To Announce College Decision On Jan. 8

Jan 5, 2015 12:47 PM

Carlton Bragg will make his college decision on Jan. 8.

Bragg, who is ranked No. 14 for the class of 2015 by Rivals, will decide between Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky, while UCLA is also in the mix.

Bragg has taken official visits to Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA and Illinois has also hosted the forward throughout his recruiting process. 

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Tags: Carlton Bragg, Illinois Fighting Illini, Kansas Jayhawks, UCLA Bruins, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Ivan Rabb Narrows List To Arizona, Cal, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA

Oct 24, 2014 5:26 PM

Ivan Rabb has narrowed his list of schools to Arizona, California, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA.

Rabb is one of the top recruits in the class of 2015 and attends Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland.

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Prince Ali Commits To UCLA

Aug 17, 2014 11:13 AM

Prince Ali has committed to UCLA for the class of 2015.

Ali is considered one of the best playmakers in the class and can play both point guard and shooting guard.

"Perfect fit both offensively and defensively. They will give me the chance to cover the opposing team's best player," said Ali, the No. 44 overall player in the ESPN 100. "I am competitive and look forward to that challenge.

"I like Coach [Steve] Alford because he is an up-front guy, he tells me what I do well and what I need to do better. He didn't sugarcoat anything in the process."

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