James Kent Looney

Charter Class Inductee

June 8, 2002

All-County 4 Years, All-Region 3 Years and All-American 2 Years

Wildcats with Looney as a four-year starter won 131 and lost 11

1973

Kent averaged 19 points as a freshman

1974

Looney’s average increased to 24 points as a sophomore

1975

Looney averaged 32 points a game, Guntersville rolled to a 29-2 record,state champions - MVP

1976

Looney averaged 35 points a game, Guntersville went 27-1 in the regular season state runner-up - MVP.  Kent was listed as one of the Top Five players in America and MVP of the Super Five in Alabama Career stat of 8 rebounds per game

His high school coach Jim Rhoades said, “He was only 5-9 but could dunk it anyway. On defense, I’ve seen him pin the ball against the square and the officials wouldn’t call it because they couldn’t believe a kid that small could get up that high.”

College career ended with UAH in the National Championship NAIA game in Kansas City before losing 86-85 in overtime to Bethany Nazarene

Former coaches of Kent at Bama and Mississippi State comment: C.M. Newton, University of Kentucky athletics director, in a letter to Kent in 1994, “I’m delighted that things are going well with you...If you are ever in our area, hope you will stop and visit with me.”

        The Birmingham banker Jimmy Taylor, a former assistant at Mississippi State, “I thought he was a terrific talent. I thought he provided good leadership. We had an excellent coach-player relationship.”