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LoVett definitely an attention-getter

Providence's phenomenal freshman made headlines with historically dazzling rookie campaign

April 21, 2012|By Andrew Shortall
  • Providence's Marcus LoVett, Jr. is the All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year.
Providence's Marcus LoVett, Jr. is the All-Area… (Cheryl A. Guerrero,…)

The game of basketball looks like it comes easy to Marcus LoVett, Jr. It's getting out of the gym after a game that can be a problem for the Providence High point guard.

The 15-year old freshman phenom carries a lot of hype with him and commands attention in any gym he's playing in for the Pioneers.

"It takes you five minutes to get him out of the gym because people are asking him for an autograph, a picture or whatever it may be," first-year Providence Coach Ernest Baskerville said.

A simple Google search of Marcus LoVett Jr. yields about 146,000 results, including articles and scouting reports on the highly touted national recruit by virtually any site that covers high school basketball.

"He never seems to be affected by all the attention," Baskerville said. "He is a pleasure to coach and that's what you ask for, a kid who can handle all that. That's a lot of pressure on a freshman and he is doing so well."

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"I just think [the attention is] just something that comes with it and all the hard work I've been putting in, but I don't even try to worry about that," LoVett said. "I just try to do what I do on the court."

It's what LoVett's done on the floor that's garnered him all the attention. His area-high average of 31.7 points a game was best in the nation among freshmen according to MaxPreps.com, as he poured in 1,035 points this season and put up 35.8 points a game in the playoffs.

He never scored fewer than 20 points this season, hitting the 40-point mark six times — twice in the postseason — including a season-high 57-point performance in a win over St. Joseph.

"There's only a handful of players that can do the things he did in a year," Baskerville said of LoVett, who also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.1 steals a game in the regular season. "You look what he did this year, there's only two freshmen in the nation this year alone to score over 1,000 points."

It was LoVett's phenomenal freshman campaign that led him to be voted the 2012 All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year by the sportswriters and editors of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La Cañada Valley Sun and Pasadena Sun.

Basketball runs in the LoVett family, as Marcus' dad, Marcus LoVett Sr., was a standout player for an Oklahoma City University team that won the 1996 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship and says he went on to try out for a number of NBA teams without making the cut. Today, he's a trainer and player developer.

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