UCLA freshman forward Kevon Looney has declared for the NBA Draft, the school announced Monday in a press release.
“This was a really tough decision for me because there were so many positives both ways,” Looney said. “My time at UCLA has been unbelievable, and I know I’ll be a Bruin forever. But playing in the NBA is a dream I’ve had for so long, and this feels like the right time to pursue that dream and make the transition to the next level.”
Looney averaged 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season, leading to his second-team All-Pac 12 selection.
“I know that this was not an easy decision for Kevon, and I completely support the decision to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “It’s difficult because on one hand, I couldn’t be more excited for Kevon while on the other, the realization hits you that we’re losing one of the finest young men that I’ve ever had an opportunity to coach.”
Looney is projected as a first-round pick and considered the No. 14 prospect by CBSSports.com College Basketball Writer Sam Vecenie.