Marcus LoVett Jr., one of the most highly touted sophomore boys' basketball players in the country, has left Providence High, head of school Joe Sciuto said Friday in a statement.
Earlier this month, LoVett, the reigning All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year and Burbank Leader Male Athlete of the Year, left the team and didn't compete for the Pioneers in Wednesday's 72-66 loss to Lancaster Desert Christian in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA playoffs.
"Marcus LoVett Sr. and I have been working together in support of his son's academic progress," Sciuto said in a statement. "Marcus, Jr. will be enrolling at Opportunities for Learning in Pasadena for this semester. Providence High School and the LoVett family will remain in close communication and continue with our mutual support of each other."
Along with heading Providence, Sciuto is a former high school boys' basketball coach. He said LoVett's talents on the court are unmistakable.