Morgan Park’s Marcus LoVett Jr. put an end to months of speculation about 12:47 am West Coast time when he and his dad called me to let The Shadow League know that he signed his National Letter of Intent to play at St. John’s. The star guard, who is a human highlight film of basketball bravado chose Red Storm over a group of schools that included Illinois and DePaul.
“‘It’s the best decision that I ever made for myself in my life,” Lovett told The Shadow League this morning before he ran inside his school building to handle his educational responsibilities.” I’m going to the bright lights of NYC.”
Schools such as Memphis, Georgia Tech and other suitors either never really had a chance or blew there’s once The Shadow League put a pen to the process. All Mullin had to do was call and respect the 6-0 beasting baller’s game.
“I had a lot of opportunities, but my family thinks this is the best place for me and my skill set. I’m interested in bringing the show back to St. John’s and helping make NY basketball the spot again. Why not come to the biggest media market in the world? We wouldn’t have it any other way.”
St. John’s basketball and the new Big East have gotten off to a semi-slow start since the dramatic departure of some of the Big East’s flagship schools. Marcus’ dad is confident that will change. “All he needs to do is touch the floor,” Lovett Sr. told me. “If he does the things you saw on video in that town. He should own it. Its the best situation for Marcus Lovett in the world.”
Second Time Is A Charm
Marcus LoVett and his dad Marcus Sr. met St. John’s Coach Chris Mullin and his son when the boys were about 11 years old playing in a basketball tournament in Las Vegas. Lovett Sr. says they exchanged numbers with “Mully” but they never really spoke about his son’s future or basketball in general.
“Mullin needs to bring in a statement player that is not only sickly talented, but fearless and has a basketball identity that embodies the original spirit of the Big East and the principles Mullins game was birthed on (which in essence are the fundamental life principles of legendary St. Johns coach, Louie Carnesecca).”