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Monday / October 23.
  • Marcus LoVett Jr. Getting Recruited at the Highest Level

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    By JACK LeGWIN

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    Marcus LoVett Jr. has emerged on the radar as a top point guard in the Class of 2015.

    The junior floor general shone bright during the high school season after his transfer from Providence (Ca.) to San Gabriel Academy (Ca.), averaging 22.5 points, and 5.2 assists per game.

    The 6-foot lefty, ranked No. 42 in Scout.com Class of 2015 rankings, played big in the biggest games, most notably against Palisades (Ca.) in a 80-77 win, scoring 35 points adding 7 assists and shooting 85 percent from the field.

    San Gabriel Head Coach Kevin McCloskey says that LoVett Jr.  has come through in the clutch all season long.

    “When we play the big time games, he’s been tearing it up,” McCloskey told SNY.tv. “When we play the other schools in our league that aren’t as strong, he’s getting 10 and 11 assists per game. He’s a great team player and he passes the ball really well. For the first couple months, everyone’s trying to figure out how to get their hands up in time.”

    McCloskey says that there is one undeniable strength in LoVett Jr.’s game.

    “He can score off of the bounce against anybody,” McCloskey said. “He’s lightning quick and has an incredible ball-handling ability. Finishes at the rim, and his adjusted field goal percentage is 63 percent this year.”

    As McCloskey mentioned, LoVett Jr. has an array of weapons at his disposal, with elite ball-handling skills and quickness, as well as deep range way beyond the 3-point line with consistency.

    LoVett Jr. currently is said to have offers from San Diego State and UCLA, with interest from Indiana, Arizona, Oregon State, Southern California and Washington. McCloskey, however, hints that there might be more schools showing interest than have been previously reported.

    “There’s a long list of people that have come to games, requested tape and have talked to Marcus and his family,” McCloskey said. “I have talked to a lot of national powers about him, he is being recruited at the highest level across the country.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.