Marcus LoVett’s basketball journey has taken him coast-to-coast through the country, first starting as a highly-touted prospect in Los Angeles before finishing up his prep career in Chicago, and to kick off his collegiate career he now plans to call home the brightest stages of them all in Madison Square Garden after committing to St. John’s earlier today via Twitter. The 6-foot guard is known for his craftiness with the ball and knack for scoring in bunches.
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
Bright Lights is coming to Broadway.
Marcus LoVett Jr., a flashy and highly skilled point guard from Chicago with a nickname to match, committed to new St. John’s coach Chris Mullin late Wednesday night and signed his National Letter of Intent, capping a long recruitment that began with former coach Steve Lavin and continued with Mullin and his staff.
LoVett broke the news early Thursday morning on Twitter by posting a photo of his NLI.
The 6-foot LoVett is a major late addition, a four-star southpaw ranked 62nd in the nation by Rivals.com — the highest prospect Mullin has landed since taking over at his alma mater on April 1. A number of top programs were involved with LoVett in recent months, such as Memphis, Illinois, DePaul, Pitt, UNLV, Kansas and San Diego State.
The major question mark with LoVett was academics. He attended two California high schools before moving to Chicago and finishing up this year at Morgan Park, but sources said his transcript was looked through by the St. John’s compliance office, and the coaching staff received the go-ahead. All signs point to him qualifying, a source said.
LoVett joins what is now a crowded backcourt, alongside rising junior point guard Rysheed Jordan, senior Felix Balamou and newcomers Malik Ellison, a three-star HS recruit from New Jersey, and Missouri State graduate transfer Ron M’Vouika.
There could be one more guard to join the group: Italian Federico Mussini is weighing a decision of whether to attend college in the United States or play professionally back home. St. John’s, which has one open scholarship for next season, is the heavy favorite if he chooses the college route.
LoVett enjoyed a memorable senior year, leading Morgan Park to the Chicago Class 3A state semifinals, where he scored 45 points in defeat. LoVett averaged 25 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and four steals this season, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.