Milwaukee. Playing in the 2022 NBA championship isn’t the only thing Golden State Warriors players Jordan Poole and Kevon Looney have in common. They are both also proud alumni of Milwaukee Public School (MPS).
Poole, 22, attended Rufus King High School for the first three years before moving on to college-preparatory boarding school La Lumiere School in Indiana. Poole was the top basketball player in Wisconsin before he left for his new school in 2016.
He wanted to live an independent life on campus before attending college, joining other high school basketball players, playing games broadcast by ESPN, and training to play basketball at the University of Michigan; for which he pledged to play in November of that year. Pool was ranked 23rd among national shooting guards by Scout.com and 100th among players overall in the 2017 class.
Pool played for two years at the University of Michigan. The Michigan Wolverines advanced to the finals of the 2018 Division I men’s basketball season, but ultimately lost to the Villanova Wildcats of Villanova University.
Pool was selected for the NBA draft after his sophomore year in 2019. He was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the first round, 28th overall. Many sports officials noted Poole’s improvement as a scorer and his all-round play.
Looney, 26, played all four years of his high school career at Alexander Hamilton High School. Like his older brother Kevin, he was an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant and watched tapes of Bryant copying his moves.
Looney was noted as the best player on his high school team and was the tallest. By his senior year, he was averaging 27.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 8.0 blocks per game while playing primarily as a point guard. Hamilton went undefeated in conference play and won his first league title in four years, earning Looney his second City Conference Player of the Year award.
Looney received national recognition when he became the second player in Milwaukee Public School history to be named an All-American McDonald’s. Looney was also named the Wisconsin Mr. Basketball by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. He was named a five-star prospect by Rivals.com, ESPN.com, and Scout.com, ranking him 10th, 12th, and 15th nationally, respectively.
In 2013, Looney announced that he had decided to attend college at UCLA. The announcement was kept secret, even Looney’s parents did not know where he decided to go. Looney liked California and described UCLA as “the most beautiful campus he’s ever seen” in a 2013 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interview. UCLA did not guarantee Looney the lead role as a freshman, but told him that he would be allowed to play both roles. inside and out to show its versatility.
A hip injury plagued Looney during his only year at UCLA, but he never missed practice or games. He averaged 9.2 rebounds per game, finishing with 15 double-doubles.
Looney waived college eligibility and applied for the 2015 NBA draft, where he was selected 30th overall in the first round by the Golden State Warriors. His draft stock dropped due to a severe hip injury and he had to spend some time in the G League while he recuperated, but he ended up becoming a mainstay for the Golden State Warriors in their 2017 and 2018 championship years.
Congratulations to two Milwaukee Public Schools graduates!
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