The Blazers get an instant upgrade at the wing with the talented three star guard out of Franklin, Kentucky.
It was no surprise that UAB focused on the acquisition of an immediate impact and defensive minded wing during the off-season. Even if we hadn’t experienced any roster attrition an upgrade defensively in the back court was sorely needed and Lovan is the type of player to fill that void.
At 6-foot-4 185 pounds, Lovan has the body and skill set to make the adjustment to the college game immediately. Often described as a guard forward hybrid, Lovan scored 3,000 points at Franklin-Simpson High School before taking a year to fine tune his game at Hargrave Military Academy last season.
Last summer while competing in the loaded Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas with his AAU squad Team Thad, Lovan shined among a star-studded field.
The 6-foot-4-inch Lovan scored 23 points and had four tremendous dunks, including one that put the game out of reach, to help Team Thad to a 77-61 victory over NY Renaissance (New York) in the Invite Championship of the Fab 48 at Bishop Gorman High School.
“I hope so, but at the end of the day I’m just blessed to be here,” Lovan said of his recruiting prospects. “It feels good to win and go out with a bang in the Fab 48 tournament.”
Lovan is the top-ranked player from Kentucky and has scholarship offers from Middle Tennessee State, Miami (Ohio) and Eastern Kentucky, among others. On Sunday, he might have boosted his recruiting stock, especially with 2:25 left in the game, when he threw down a jaw-dropping jam to put Team Thad up by 15 points.
(Via Nevadapreps.com article)
With Lovan on board UAB will now spend the next month trying to fill their final two roster spots. The Blazers have a top 50 recruiting class per 247sports.com and could climb even higher depending how the rest of the spring signing period goes.