UCLA freshman Kevon Looney plans to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft and is close to hiring representation, according to RealGM’s Shams Charania.
The 6’9 freshman enjoyed a solid season with the Bruins, averaging 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds in 30.9 minutes per game as UCLA reached the Sweet 16. Looney shot 47.0 percent overall and a respectable 41.5 percent from three on 1.5 long-range attempts per game, although his free throw shooting sat at just 62.6 percent.
Looney was rather quiet at the tail end of the season, scoring just 10 points total in two games at the Pac-12 Tournament and 25 points in three games in the NCAA Tournament. The freshman did nice work on the boards in the big tournament, though, compiling 29 rebounds in the three games.
Looney should be a first-round pick in the upcoming draft, and he’s currently at No. 20 in DraftExpress’ mock draft. While he has length and has potential as a shooter, he’s not all that athletic and needs to add strength. Still, he’s very young at just 19 years old, so there’s time for him to develop.