Oct 16, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski addresses the media on ACC basketball media day at The Ritz-Carlton. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Basketball Recruiting: Kevon Looney Chooses UCLA


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.



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.

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