CLEVELAND -- Kevon Looney’s homecoming to Milwaukee for Friday’s Warriors-Bucks game will feature a sweet moment in his career. His alma mater, Hamilton High School, is retiring his No. 5 jersey while he’s in town.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Looney said, laughing. “I’ve been waiting on this moment.”
In 2014, Looney earned the title Mr. Basketball, an honor given by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. Looney also was Milwaukee’s AP and Gatorade Player of the Year. He averaged 27.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 8.0 blocks and 7.0 assists per game during his senior year.
“To see my jersey ... it’s always big for me to be a part of Milwaukee history and my school,” he said.
Looney invited his teammates to the jersey retirement ceremony Thursday. They’re planning on joining him at Hamilton after practice.
“The school is going to be crazy seeing the Warriors,” Looney said.
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The ceremony is the happy part of the day, which will continue with a fundraiser for Sandra Parks, a 13-year-old Milwaukee girl killed by a stray bullet in November. Parks wrote an award-winning essay lamenting violence and shootings in Milwaukee. The bullet struck her in her bedroom.
“Hopefully it goes well and we help the family out,” Looney said.
He’ll also find some time to see his brother, Kevin, and his nephew.
It’s always a special visit for Looney, who reps his hometown with an outline of the state of Wisconsin and the word Milwaukee tattooed on his leg.