Kevon Looney can dominate in the paint and knock down shots out on the perimeter. Photo courtesy of 247 Sports.
Big men like Kevon Looney do not come around very often. The 5-star prospect handles the ball and knocks down jump shots like a guard, yet his physical stature and aggressiveness allows him to dominate the paint as well.
John Beilein loves power forwards who can shoot. Former West Virginia Mountaineer Kevin Pittsnogle is evidence of this. Evan Smotrycz attempted to fill this role in Michigan's offense, but inconsistency forced him to transfer to Maryland last April. Neither of those players was as highly regarded as Looney, though.
Like Glenn Robinson III, rising sophomore power forward Mitch McGary is also a lottery pick in the eyes of CBS Sports' Gary Parrish. In all likelihood, McGary will not be back in Ann Arbor for a third season.
This will open up immediate playing time for Looney. Pairing the nation's No. 9 overall prospect with shooters like Zak Irvin and Nik Stauskas would give the Wolverines one of the most potent offenses in college basketball.
As far as position goes, Looney's AAU coach, Shelby Parrish, believes he could play any of the forward positions.
"He could play a stretch four, a three, he could play multiple positions for that team,” Parrish told Joe Stapleton of UMHoops. "And it’s wide open — (the Wolverines) play both ways; they get out, they get up and down, they use athleticism, and then they run sets. So at the three position there’s a lot of freedom."
Michigan is still a long shot to land Looney, but its chances will significantly increase if he makes an official visit to campus this fall.