With football season in the rear-view mirror for much of the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, we turn our attention to basketball--and to Marcus LoVett Jr.
The 5'10 sophomore shooting guard is the most talented and decorated player in the area, averaging 31.7 points per game last season, the best in the nation among freshmen according to MaxPreps.com, while leading the Providence Pioneers to an undefeated 8-0 league record and the school's first-ever CIF championship game appearance.
LoVett has already picked up offers from some of the country's top programs, including UCLA, according to Varsity Times Insider Eric Sondheimer.
While LoVett should continue to demand everyone's attention in Burbank, the top spots in Glendale and La Canada are wide open. Crescenta Valley returns only four players from a team that won 26 games last season and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division I-A semifinals for the first time in 18 years, while Glendale, La Canada, Flintridge Prep and St. Francis return several key players from last season's playoff teams.