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By JACK LeGWINMarcus LoVett Jr. will visit St. John’s in the near future, his coach confirmed to SNY.tv.
“They have been recruiting Marcus for a long time,” Nick Irvin, LoVett Jr.’s high school coach at Morgan Park (Ill.) told SNY.tv. “St. John’s has been on his radar for a while now.”
The New York Post first reported that LoVett Jr. will visit.
LoVett Jr., ranked No. 91 in the class of 2015 by 247 Sports, is one of the most explosive and quickest players in the class of 2015. St. John’s currently needs a point guard in LoVett Jr.’s class after missing out on Isaiah Briscoe, who chose Kentucky.
Rysheed Jordan’s future is uncertain due to family and personal matters. Irvin says that he believes LoVett Jr. would fit in as a pro-style guard in the St. John’s system.
“Marcus brings an NBA type guard to the program if they get him,” Irvin said. “I’ve been watching and St. John’s strives off of their guard play. For Marcus, it’s just playing basketball night in and night out at a high level.”
St. John’s has two guard committed for 2015 in Samir Doughty and Brandon Sampson, but other targets, such as Our Savior New American forward Cheick Diallo, are waiting to see how the point guard situation plays out.
Including St. John’s, Irvin says that there are seven schools working hard at the moment, but the effort is even throughout all of the schools.
“Illinois, Kansas, Georgetown, Tennessee, DePaul, Georgia Tech,” Irvin said. “Everybody is doing their part, everybody is doing a good job recruiting him.”
Irvin says that a big part in LoVett’s decision is choosing a place where he feels like he can play to his strengths. Irvin also said that location isn’t a factor in the decision.
“He’s just looking for a program that will let him be himself,” Irvin said. “Just a place where he can play with the ball in his hands. He doesn’t really care where it is, he’s so confident that he feels like he can go in and turn a program around. It doesn’t matter who is there, or who is coming in. He doesn’t care about any of that.”
Irvin says that there isn’t a specific timetable on the college decision at the moment however.
“He’s going to take his time, and sit down with his family and decide from there,” Irvin said. “He’s just focused on winning a state championship and doing well in the classroom.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.
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