Since coming to Evans High School after attending Hephzibah High School his freshman and sophomore seasons, K’lon Lovett has been leaving his mark in a few places.
After finishing his senior season on the Knights’ football team, where he’s a starting wide receiver and defensive back, Lovett will turn his attention full-time to the hardwood, where he’s a shooting guard on the Knights’ basketball team. One doesn’t take precedence over the other, however, especially in terms of effort.
“I like them the same,” said Lovett. “I like to give them both my all. The best part is coming out here every Friday, playing on the field, being on the court for my teammates and having a win, just enjoying high school.”
Playing both sports certainly isn’t new to him.
“I’ve been playing both sports since I was 5 years old,” he said. “I enjoy every second of them.”
Lovett doesn’t hedge about which side of the football he likes playing on.
“DB, because that’s my primary position, that’s what my dad (Neely) taught me,” Lovett said.
Head football coach Marty Jackson said Lovett’s motor never stops and he is equally as important to the offense as he is to the defense.
“He makes some big plays on both sides,” said Jackson “He’s just a very valuable player on both sides of the ball. He’s made some big catches for us, but he’s also made some good plays on defense. I’d just say he’s a valuable football player.”
Lovett will transition to the basketball court once the football season is over.
“Every weekend I go out and shoot a couple of hoops in the gym to stay fit and ready for basketball season,” Lovett said. “We all work together. When we want to get together and shoot, we call each other up.”
Being a college athlete is something he has thought about, but for the moment he is pushing those thoughts aside.
“Right now I’m just focused on winning these games with my teammates,” Lovett said. “After football season and basketball season, that’s something to focus on.”
If a college wants to attract Lovett, there are some certain criteria they will have to meet, because he wants to pursue a career in physical therapy. He is getting a jump on that by doing his senior project working with the school’s physical trainer.
“I just like staying around the sports and dealing with people’s injuries and just trying to make people better,” said Lovett. “I can’t stand to see people hurt.”
Lovett is taking a positive approach to the recruiting process.
“Whatever college looks at me, takes me, offers me, that’s what I’ll be blessed with.”