Central grad Lawson Lovering enjoying getting better and stronger during his first offseason in Boulder
Central’s Lawson Lovering had a decorated high school career on the hardwood during his time in the Cowboy State, and he’s taking the steps to be successful at his next stop in Boulder.
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Central grad Lawson Lovering finished his high school career as the 72nd ranked player in this year’s ESPN Top 100 basketball recruiting rankings. He was the first player from the Cowboy State to crack the top 100 since the first year of the rankings in 2007 when East’s James Johnson came in at No. 50.
After high school graduation at the end of May, he packed his bags and headed down I-25 to begin his college basketball journey at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Lovering is already working out with his fellow Buffs, and in a Zoom interview on Tuesday, he said he’s already learning a lot about the game.
“I’m learning a lot about spacing and where I need to be on the floor when this guy’s there and that guy’s there,” said Lovering. “Just being in the right spot at the right time. Just allow my teammates to have more room to operate and have me be open for an open shot or two.”
To be prepared for his first season in the Pac-12, Lovering said his work in the weight room this summer is most important. “Just adding muscle, adding weight, and just so I’m able to just hold my own down low and be able to move my feet quick enough to stay in front of guards.”
At 7-feet tall, Lovering is definitely a big man in the world and on the basketball court. The NBA has seen a resurgence of the big man headlined by Denver Nugget Nikola Jokic winning this year’s MVP award and Deandre Ayton being a crucial cog in the Phoenix Suns’ run to the NBA Finals this summer.
It’s something that Lovering likes to see. “I like that those guys are very versatile, too,” said Lovering.
“I feel like for awhile the NBA big it was kind of just it was pretty done, it was dead basically,” said Lovering. “I feel like it’s kind of reemerging. These really versatile guys are really showing that an NBA center is still needed definitely to win games. Maybe gives me an opportunity to actually maybe go to the next level if I can.”
This week also brought Lovering a special delivery from Tagg Lain, Central’s head basketball coach. Lain dropped off a state championship ring for Lovering to keep.
“I love the ring, so it was great Coach Lain was able to come down, and I was able to see him, too, at the same time,” said Lovering. “It was great to have him present the ring to me, too, just being my coach for the four years, and it was a special moment when I got that ring on my finger.”
Lovering also said he’s grateful to finally be in Boulder, and he’s having fun with it.
The Buffs tip-off their basketball season with an exhibition at Nebraska on Halloween, and the season officially starts November 9th when they host Montana State at the CU Events Center.
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