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Looney finding his work paying off

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For Kevon Looney, the rise from skinny freshman with potential to top 10 player in the class of 2014 didn't happen without work.
When the product of Milwaukee (Wis.) Hamilton burst onto the scene as a freshman it was as a 6-foot-5 wing with long arms and broad shoulders. As time has passed, Looney has grown into those arms and shoulders.
The 6-foot-9 combo forward can still shoot with range, but where he really excels is on the glass and he's one of the country's top rebounders.
"It's just a natural progression," Looney told Rivals.com. "My freshman year, I still had to rebound but as I got taller it became easier. I made it like a focus point that I have to get rebounds for my team. That seemed to work for me; I got points that way."
As successful as he's been in becoming a low-post player, Looney still has perimeter skill and thinks of himself as more of a hybrid player.
"I believe the small forward best fits me but you have a new type of four out there these days," Looney said. "I mean LeBron plays the four sometimes and Carmelo. All those guys play the four now, so anything around there."
Looney is about to set out on his final July touring with the Milwaukee Rebels and that means coaches have about one more month left to make an impression. After July, Looney plans to cut things down to four or five schools and set visits in hope of making a fall decision.
Until then, though, he says things are wide open.
"The schools I've been naming like Florida, Duke, Michigan, Michigan State, Georgetown, Tennessee and Stanford has been calling a lot," said Looney. "Those are the schools that are interested in me the most. Schools like Louisville and Kansas have offered but I haven't heard from them."
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