Five-star forward Kevon Looney commits to UCLA

UCLA pulled off its first major coup of the Steve Alford era on Halloween, landing five-star power forward Kevon Looney.

Not only is the Milwaukee native rated the No. 13 player in the country by Rivals.com, he also fulfills a major need for the Bruins. Last season, UCLA had the worst rebounding margin in the Pac-12.

The 6-foot-9 power forward should start immediately when he arrives for the 2014-15 season. A versatile player who can hit the boards and stretch the floor, he has drawn at least one comparison to Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.

The Bruins are already light in the frontcourt as constructed. Next season, twins Travis and David Wear will have graduated, leaving Tony Parker and Wanaah Bail as the only big men on the roster.

Looney’s other finalists were Duke, Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Michigan State. Few recruiting analysts picked the Bruins to win out. UCLA had already lost its first commitment, swingman Trevon Bluiett, and only had unknown Turkish Hungarian forward Gyorgy Goloman committed to its 2014 class.

Nov. 13 is the first day recruits can fax in their letters of intent.

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  • Mark

    Alford needs to bring in the LA recruits. These out of towners are very suspect. They are most likely to transfer. I will not stand for “L.A guys” going to Arizona and elsewhere and then beating Ucla.

    • HeySucs

      I respect your opinion, but only the best should be recruited to UCLA, regardless of original location. LA recruiting is important, but national recruiting is more significant. This is outstanding recruiting job by Alford. I think was Moses Malone who said: “if you ain’t got the ball, you can’t shoot it.”

  • OCBrewin

    Welcome Kevin, You’ll make a great Bruin!

  • bruinray97

    Very talented young man. Great job by the coaching staff. Hopefully the foundation to a great recruiting class.

  • Allan Wilion

    Excellent Alford earned respect
    Kid is amazing young man
    Chose Ucla for right reasons

  • Bruin 34

    Happy Halloween Jack and thanks for the hard work and effort you put in every day and week. It is much appreciated! Happy Halloween as well to my fellow Bruins. Hope y’all have a safe evening. Great get! Go Bruins!

  • bruinjoe

    He looks awesome in that hat.

  • anon

    Gyorgy is from Hungary, not Turkey.

  • anon

    gyorgy goloman is from Hungary, not Turkey.