Friday, December 7, 2018
Kevon Looney was in good company as he entered the gym at Alexander Hamilton High School this week to see his high school basketball jersey retired. Accompanying Looney were not just a few friends and teammates, but the entire team of Golden State Warriors, including Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, coaches, and even some front office staff. All of them cheered on Looney as he autographed jersey number 5 to be put on permanent display.
Looney is a 2014 graduate of Hamilton and was a star player in his high school days. While at Hamilton, Looney was named Mr. Basketball by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and won Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014. His senior year, he averaged 27.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 8 blocks and 7 assists per game. Looney was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2015. He played college basketball for UCLA for one year before making the leap to the NBA.
Known for his natural talent, Looney spent time with the Hamilton basketball teams, cheerleaders, and students, sharing stories about his career journey. Looney has also gained a reputation for charitable causes and for giving back to others.
“We are incredibly proud of the player and role model that Kevon has become,” said MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley. “Kevon is an example of how hard work can lead to success, and we are so pleased that he has returned to his alma mater. He is always welcome to return to his home in Milwaukee Public Schools.”