Marcus LoVett, one of America’s best remaining high school point guards in the country, made his commitment official late-Wednesday night by choosing St. John’s. New Red Storm coach Chris Mullin pulled in his first four-star prospect, and oddly enough he’s not from the New York area, but rather the Windy City.
LoVett, a 5’11” dynamo of a point guard from Chicago (Morgan Park High School), made his announcement via Twitter:
It's official NLI is done mom and dad trust this was best decision I made for MYSELF BrightLights here we come… pic.twitter.com/hQcRFgaozd
— Marcus LoVett (@Marcus_LoVett) May 21, 2015
With St. John’s losing a wealth of talent, LoVett figures to get immediate playing time with the Red Storm next season, as St. John’s loses D’Angelo Harrison, Sir’Dominic Pointer, Phil Greene IV and Jamal Branch. LoVett will allow Mullin to play incumbent starting point guard Rysheed Jordan at off guard, while letting Jordan create for himself. This will no doubt give St. John’s a very talented and exciting backcourt.
When you think dazzling, you think LoVett. After all his his nickname is “Bright Lights.” LoVett handles the ball like it’s a yo-yo in his hand. His wizardry on the court is a sight to behold, as his dimes routinely end up on YouTube or Vine, as he has become a mix-tape legend. He can also stop and pull up with ease and drill three-pointers. Look for yourself here:
LoVett has wandered from school to school, and he transferred to Morgan Park this season after having prepped in California last year. There was some thought that he wanted to stay local and stay in state. After all, he had DePaul and Illinois hot on his trails. However, he must have been impressed by Mullin’s pedigree and NBA contacts as he chose to be on the move again.
There is some concern that LoVett is a little to much flash and not enough substance. Although, by signing with St. John’s, you can bet Mullin will instill a hard work ethic in LoVett, as his no nonsense approach to the game should make LoVett a better player.
Also giving some schools some hesitation was the fact that LoVett’s grades may not be in order. He already took his ACT test and is awaiting results. At one point Kansas was highly interested in LoVett, but they backed off for whatever reasons.
According to VerbalCommits.com LoVett is ranked as the No. 88 best player by Scout.com and No.92 by Rivals.com. LoVett also turned down offers from Memphis, San Diego State, Tennessee, St. Joe’s and Pittsburgh. He led Morgan Park to a third-place finish in Class 3A in Illinois while scoring 45 points in his last game. In his senior year, he averaged 20.1 points per game while drilling 66 three-pointers.
LoVett will join Yankuba Sima and Malik Ellison in St. John’s freshman class, while also joining other newcomers Ron Mvouika (Missouri State transfer), Durand Johnson (Pittsburgh transfer) and Darien Williams (JUCO).
You can read more about St. John’s 2015-16 outlook here, although that was before LoVett committed to St. John’s.