In one of the bigger plot twists of the 2014 recruiting class, 5-star power forward Kevon Looney (Milwaukee Hamilton) has announced he will be attending UCLA next fall.
A lot of people had Looney picking Duke. Some had him picking Tennessee. The hopeless romantics had him going to Wisconsin. Yet, in the end, the bright lights of Los Angeles prevailed. On his decision, Looney said:
California was a great place. UCLA was a great, great campus: most beautiful campus I’ve ever seen. Coach Alford, great coach…They had a great style of play out there I could fit in.
While it was a bit of a shocker, there were a few signs that suggested we should expect a bit of a curveball from the Milwaukee native.
One coach involved with the Kevon Looney recruitment told me: “Strangest recruitment ever.”
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) October 30, 2013
Kevon Looney prediction … I went with Duke about a month ago, now not so sure. Have a hunch it may be Tennessee, but really no clue.
— Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook) October 31, 2013
All along, no one really had any clue where he was headed. We barely even got any of those ‘close sources’ who always seem to know exactly where a recruit is headed.
Regardless, Looney is a Bruin now, and Duke will likely turn their attention towards 4-star PF Reid Travis, who will announce his decision on November 8th. As for what it means for their 2014 recruiting class as a whole, well, it hurts. Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones are reportedly deciding between Duke and Kansas. With the duo being a package deal, there is about a 50/50 chance the Blue Devils will get neither of them, which would likely leave Coach K with a fairly weak recruiting class when the dust settles.
Still, the Looney commitment has made Duke an immense favorite to land Travis and if the Okafor-Jones show does decide to come to Durham, the Blue Devils would easily put together one of the strongest classes in the nation.
Stay calm, Duke fans.