Los Angeles Preps: Jack Pollon

Fabulous freshmen take center stage

January, 21, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS -- And so it begins.

There was plenty of hype surrounding the showdown between Burbank Providence's Marcus LoVett Jr. and North Hollywood Campbell Hall's Aaron Holiday on Saturday night in the marquee game of the War on the Floor Tournament at Taft High.

Turns out, the advanced billing was worthy. Both of the highly-touted freshman played well, seemingly beyond their collective years at times. Each showed glimpses of immense potential and performed with the experience of a seasoned upperclassmen.

In the end, however, LoVett Jr. got the better of the overall exchange, particularly in the fourth quarter. He finished with game-high 45 points to guide the Pioneers to a 73-66 nonleague victory. Not to be outdone, Holiday had 27 points for the Vikings.

“Those two are not normal ninth-graders,'' Campbell Hall coach Steve Wachs said. “Everyone came to see what Aaron and Marcus had to offer and I don't think either one of them disappointed the fans. It's too bad someone had to lose this game tonight.''

The fact LoVett Jr. led Providence (17-4) in scoring should not come as a major surprise. He ranks among the state leaders with 31.6 points per game. Can't forget to mention his 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.0 steals on a nightly basis for the Pioneers.

Keep this in mind, he is still just 15 years old.

“I was looking forward to going up against Aaron and showing what I can do. I think he wanted to the same,'' LoVett Jr. said. “There's a lot of talk about both of us now. I'm not worried about it. I just worry about what happens on the court, not off the court.''

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