Kevin Love, the No. 3 ranked player in the class of 2007, is as much of an "old school" player as you will find. His coach compares him to NBA legend Wes Unseld, and when asked what his team's record was, Love said he wasn't sure but he knew they were winning a lot of games. A skilled power forward at 6-foot-8, 240-pounds and only a sophomore, Love has some elite schools vying for his services.
"I like Oregon, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and UCLA in no particular order," said Love, who is from Lake Oswego (Ore.) High School. "I'm just looking for a school with a good tradition. And I definitely want to see how each school uses their big man. The school I attend must also be serious about academics."
The serious minded Love has put up some serious numbers this year. He is averaging 28 points per game and has had games of 50 and 40 points in the last two weeks.
With Love possessing exceptional footwork, a lethal jump hook with either hand, a smooth shooting touch, a dominant defensive presence and the ability to impact a game with his passing alone, it is difficult to know when to stop praising his game.
"Kevin is as skilled as any big man in the country regardless of class," said Love's AAU coach Troy Berry of the Portland Elite Legends. "He may be the best outlet passer since Wes Unseld. Kevin can pass, rebound, shoot and block shots. He is easy to coach, and Kevin always works hard for you."
As good as he is right now, Love still has that "old school" approach of constantly wanting to improve his weaknesses.
"I need to get a lot stronger, work on my quickness and continue to get in better shape," said Love about his game.