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Marcus LoVett Jr. is one of the top sophomores in the country.

The Los Angeles Times reported today that one of the nation's premier sophomore basketball players appears to be sidelined for the remainder of the season for academic reasons.

Marcus LoVett Jr., a high-scoring guard at Providence (Burbank, Calif.), did not play in Friday's game and is not expected to play tonight, either.

His father, Marcus Sr., told veteran sports writer Eric Sondheimer, "Basketball is on the backburner. We're doubling down on school."

Marcus Sr. added that his son will not play any spring basketball while working on raising his grades for future college admission.

LoVett Jr. was the No. 2 freshman in the country last year with 1,036 points for a 32.3 average. That included a 57-point game. His high this year had been 47.