It was the sort of consistency the Colorado Buffaloes hope Lawson Lovering brings to Boulder.
Throughout his childhood, Lovering, committed to the 2021 recruiting class for the CU men’s basketball team, always was the tallest kid in class. Unlike many 7-footers, however, Lovering didn’t say farewell to his early grade school friends at the start of summer vacation and return to school months later showing off a momentous growth spurt.
For Lovering, a four-star recruit out of Cheyenne, it was a gradual incline.
“I never really had a big growth spurt. I just steadily grew about four inches every year,” Lovering said. “I was always the tall kid, but I never had a huge growth spurt. So I also never really had the sort of growing pains that other kids talk about. I just was consistently growing pretty fast.”
Lovering committed to the Buffs last fall and, much like his own personal steady growth, he has enjoyed a gradual rise on the recruiting charts as well. Last month, Lovering was elevated from a three-star prospect to a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com. His commitment from the Buffs has so far kept other suitors at bay, despite the recruiting promotion — “Once I committed, every college coach I talked to before that disappeared,” he said — allowing Lawson to focus solely on his training this summer.
While the AAU circuit has been scuttled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawson’s day typically begins with basketball workouts at his local gym. Later in the day, it’s weight work at home, looking to add bulk to his 220-pound frame while understanding the rigors of post play in the Pac-12 will be a much different challenge.
According to 247Sports.com, Lovering also received offers from San Diego State, Baylor, Boise State, Colorado State, and Wyoming.
“I’m kind of just doing stuff on my own. I’m just trying to work on my shooting, my ball-handling, my post moves. Just the basic stuff,” Lovering said. “All the moves I need to use in my game. And weight training at my house. It’s kind of hard to get into an actual (weight) gym right now. I’m in the gym a couple hours a day and getting work in. I’ve been working out every day. That’s how I’ve been keeping busy.
“I think I need to improve my strength significantly. I think I need to get a little stronger so I can hold up down low against other big guys, because I know college is going to be a lot more physical than high school. I’ve just got to prepare and sharpen up my skills before I get there.”
Thus far, Lovering is the only 2021 commit in the fold for head coach Tad Boyle’s program. Normally, that would not necessarily be cause for concern, particularly in a pandemic world that has cast summer recruiting into completely uncharted waters. But with five seniors on the 2020-21 roster — McKinley Wright IV, D’Shawn Schwartz, Alex Strating, Maddox Daniels, and newcomer Jeriah Horne — Lovering is just the first piece of what will be a critical recruiting class for the Buffs.
“I just know I’m going to put in the effort to get better,” Lovering said. “It’s really going to be up to me. It’s not going to be up to the coaches. It’s going to be up to me how much I’m going to put in, how much focus I put in. It’s up to me to get better.”