Stratton Lovvorn has been a key component of Community basketball for years.From helping the Vikings make the state sectional in 2020 to helping Community play in the state tournament in 2021, his …
Stratton Lovvorn has been a key component of Community basketball for years.
From helping the Vikings make the state sectional in 2020 to helping Community play in the state tournament in 2021, his fingerprints are all over the Viking basketball program.
Lovvorn now takes the next step as he has signed his letter of intent to continue his basketball career at the collegiate level after signing with Trinity International University, which is located in Deerfield, Ill.
In front of a packed library at Community recently, Lovvorn made it official as he inked his letter of intent to continue his career with the Trojans.
When it came time to decide on a place to spend his college career, Lovvorn says the small-campus environment that mirrored what he experienced in Unionville was enough to make his decision.
“Pure excitement. I couldn’t be more ready to go. It feels like home to me. Really, the home feeling like it is here. They don’t have a lot of students,” Lovvorn said.
When it came to getting his name out, Lovvorn was first noticed by the Trojan coaching staff on Twitter.
They eventually got to see him play in person.
“The coach followed me on Twitter and then a year later is when he said something to me. He saw me at an AAU tournament in Kentucky,” Lovvorn said.
Lovvorn was listed as a 6-foot-7 big man for the Vikings and dominated the paint, but also showed the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter.
“Stratton has worked tremendously hard in the classroom and on the court and for him to have this opportunity goes directly to his work ethic. He was a huge part of our success over the last several years and no doubt will continue on for him in the next level,” Viking coach Robbie Davis said.
For Lovvorn, his start with basketball came when he gave up another sport to pursue playing on the hardwood.
“In fourth grade. I quit soccer to play basketball. It took a lot of staying after practice and shooting a lot of extra shots,” he said.
From being part of the Vikings’ 32-2 run in 2019-2020, to making the state tournament in 2021, Lovvorrn has been a key factor in Community’s successes over the last several years.
Being part of the state tournament was one of Lovvorn’s favorite moments playing with Community.
“That was incredible playing in that massive arena. The rush and adrenaline of going through that tunnel was awesome,” he said.
For now, the plan shifts to building up his size and preparing for his freshman season with the Trojans.
“They have a workout program and meal plans with it that I’ll be following,” he said.
Lovvorn will report to campus in Deerfield in August and plans to pursue a degree in pre-physical therapy.
Trinity International is a NAIA school and competes in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
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