Among the many rising stars during the summer evaluation period was Franklin-Simpson rising junior Tavin Lovan. Following a stellar sophomore campaign that saw the 6-foot-4 guard average 26 points and 11 rebounds, he was invited to join the Travelers AAU program in the elite level Nike EYBL.
He put a cap to his impressive summer at the Super Showcase held at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds in Louisville last weekend. Playing for the Travelers has increased his exposure and his game has lifted his stock among college coaches.
"Pretty much all of games have had 10 to 15 coaches there, if not more," he said. "I just play and don't worry about it. I view as just fans and regular people watching."
Western Kentucky was the first to extend a scholarship offer the recently rated three-star prospect. Eastern Kentucky and Wintrop have also joined in offering. Many others, including Vanderbilt and Xavier are expressing an interest.
"It's been fun, especially now being a junior and getting introduced to it," he said of the recruiting process. "I like it. I didn't know it would be so many schools wanting to talk to me, so I like it."
Lovan's parents, Tony and Veronica, both starred as WKU players, allowing an early relationship to form between the Hilltopper program and one of the best 2017 prospects in the Bluegrass.
"Both of my parents went there and they show a lot of support," he said. "They really show that they love me and I love it down there. I love the campus, the coaches and all of that."
Lovan has spent time playing pickup games with members of the team and has been able to spend time with head coach Ray Harper during some of his visits.
"Even if my parents didn't go there, I would still love their campus and the coaches they have there," he said. "It's a great opportunity."