It is tough to unearth "new" projections at this time of the NBA Draft season, but a recent mock draft has penciled in an interesting name for the Atlanta Hawks with the 15th overall pick. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports projects that the Hawks will take former UCLA forward Kevon Looney.
This is what Parrish had to say about the projected pick:
Paul Millsap is a free agent, meaning the Hawks might need a power forward. So taking Looney makes sense because he's A) immensely talented, and B) a future frontcourt starter.
Looney, who is only 19 years old, left UCLA after just one collegiate season, and he is considered to be an "upside" selection. The 6-foot-9 power forward averaged 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in his one season with the Bruins, but he possesses strong physical skills.
Of course, it must be noted that Looney does have some flaws, providing rationale for why he is projected to available with the 15th pick. He is extremely raw at this stage, with a real lack of polish to his offensive game. In addition, he is relatively frail at just 220 pounds, and it is tough to differentiate his potential shortcomings with some questions about how he was used at the college level.
Kevon Looney isn't a name that has been linked to the Atlanta Hawks previously, at least in print, but he is an intriguing blend of upside, positional versatility and skill, and that makes him a very interesting prospect to watch in the next week or so.