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Kevin Love
SI Rank
9
Position: Class:
Fr
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6'10, 271

BIOGRAPHY: Less than two weeks after leading UCLA to the Final Four in April, the All-American freshman announced he was entering the NBA draft. Led the Bruins in scoring (17.5 points) and rebounds (10.6) per game on the way to a 35-win season and a trip to the national semifinals, where UCLA lost to Memphis. Has no immediate plans to hire an agent, which would allow him to keep playing for UCLA. But scouts project Love to be a top-10 pick, according to Bruins coach Ben Howland. Has drawn constant comparisons to former UCLA big men Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton. At just 19 years old, already has impressive strength and NBA-ready post skills. Was able to create shots at the Reebok Big Time tournament in 2005 against an outstanding shot blocker in Greg Oden, who was selected first overall in the 2007 draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Uses his size and strength to create space on the block. Has a passion that many big men lack, making him a dominant rebounder. Combines that intensity with an excellent understanding of the game. Known for his sharp outlet passes and leadership qualities. Has the ability to make his teammates better, a rare trait for a big man. An infectious personality made him a national celebrity as UCLA advanced in the NCAAs. Has star potential in the NBA - the type of player franchises like to associate their team with. His father, Stan Love, played four years in the NBA with the Baltimore Bullets and Los Angeles Lakers after being drafted ninth overall in 1971. Has few weaknesses, but isn't always great in transition. Gets anchored to the floor battling in the post, and has a tough time getting up the court quickly.

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