Kevon Looney, the 6-foot-8 power forward from Milwaukee Hamilton, will announce his college choice Oct. 31, he confirmed to SNY.tv Saturday night from USA Basketball in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“Halloween, October 31st,” he said.
He is down to Duke, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan State, UCLA and Wisconsin.
“I have two more [official visits] left,” he said. “I have Michigan State and UCLA. Michigan State is next week on the 13th. UCLA I’m not 100 percent sure on the date. It’s either going to be the 25th or the 20th or something.”
He has already visited Florida, Duke and Tennessee officially.
Florida was the first visit Aug. 30.
“I went to Florida first,” he said. “It was a great experience. They have a great campus. The players were a lot of fun, the coaches were a lot of fun, I had a great time there.”
He visited Duke Sept. 6.
“Duke was a lot of fun,” he said. “Coach K is a great guy. He’s a legend in the game. Duke has a great tradition of basketball and education. And it has great facilities.”
Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor are also with USA Basketball and will visit Duke together Oct. 25, but Looney said they’re not necessarily recruiting him hard.
“I talk to them guys a lot,” he said. “They’re pretty cool. But they don’t know where they’re going, either, so I don’t know.”
Looney went to Tennessee Sept. 20.
“Tennessee was a lot of fun,” he said. “The coaching staff, I got a great relationship with them. My dad’s from there and we got to visit his old high school and go down memory lane for him. I had a great time with the players, got to interact with them a lot.”
Wisconsin is the local school and he has been there on unofficial visits.
All six schools have been “consistent on the calls and coming in the open gym at my high school,” Looney said of his suitors.
Wherever he goes, Looney figures to be an impact player.
“I’ll bring a versatile player,” Looney said. “I think I can score the ball. I’ve become a much better shooter. I’m getting stronger. I can defend multiple positions. And I’m a great rebounder.”
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