UCLA freshman Kevon Looney named Pac-12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week

January 12, 2015

Although the UCLA Men's Basketball program is still reeling from its embarrassing blowout loss to Kentucky weeks ago, the Bruins recently received some positive news, as freshman forward Kevon Looney has been named Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for play from Jan. 5-11, the Conference office announced today in a vote of media who cover Pac-12 men’s basketball.

Looney, who grew up in Milwaukee, averaged 21.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in UCLA’s two home wins against Stanford and Cal last week.

Looney had a season-high 27 points and 19 rebounds in the Bruins’ 86-81, double-overtime win against Stanford, becoming UCLA’s first player to record at least 27 points and 19 rebounds in one game since Ed O’Bannon had 28 points and 19 rebounds against Stanford on Feb. 26, 1994.

He then followed up with 15 points and seven rebounds in the 73-54 win over California, adding two assists, two steals, and a block. Looney is the only freshman in the nation currently averaging a double-double, with season marks of 13.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

The honor marks Looney’s first-career weekly award. It is UCLA’s 58th player of the week selection all-time.

UCLA travels across town to play at USC on Wednesday, January 14 at 6 p.m. PT.

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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