FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO)-- He'll go down as one of the best basketball players to ever play for Franklin-Simpson and to ever come through South Central Kentucky.
After much thought and speculation, former Wildcat Tavin Lovan signed to play collegiately at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
"It's a blessing, honestly," Lovan said about signing with UAB. "I've been waiting for this day since I started playing, so it's obviously just a dream come true."
A varsity starter since eighth grade, Lovan put his name in the record books in Franklin as the school's all-time leader in points, rebounds, and steals. He was apart of two 13th District championships where was named MVP in both games setting scoring records and played in the 4th Region tournament on three different occasions.
"It's something he's worked for his entire career," FSHS basketball coach Dee Spencer said. "He didn't go the normal way. He took an extra year to figure out what he needed to do and I feel like that was the best thing for him."
Lovan graduated from FSHS in 2017 and decided to reclassify to the Class of 2018 and spend a postgraduate year at Hargrave Military Academy, which he said he learned a lot while being there.
"Playing against better competition, a lot of big-time games on big-time stages against big-time players,” Lovan said. “That is what it's about on the next level."
The Blazers, out of the Conference USA. won 20 games this year and advanced to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament losing to WKU. In addition to losing two players to graduation, two more decided to transfer, leaving only one returning starter from last season.
Lovan hopes he can take what he's learned over the years and make the most out of his time in Birmingham.
"I gotta go in there every day and work hard," Lovan said. "Just because it's open doesn't mean it's mine automatically.
“A lot of people don’t think I can do this and a lot of people don’t think I can do that. Honestly, I know what I can do. UAB knows what I can do. Now I just have to go there and show it.”