Thomas Lovachis is a 6-1 senior guard transfer at Holly High School in northern Oakland County.
Great Lakes Hoops: Describe your playing career up to this point for our readers who may never have heard of you.
Thomas Lovachis: I’ve been on varsity from my freshman year over at Stockbridge. I was the leading scorer all three years, averaged 11, 14, and 16 points per game. I played with Common Bond (travel team) after my sophomore year, then with OAA Select after my junior year. I only played those two years, and wished i would of got involved with AAU a lot sooner because that was probably some of the best times I will have in life.
GLH: What made you transfer to Holly and what are your impressions of Coach (Lance) Baylis?
TL: Well my transfer is actually an extremely long story, but mainly I wasn’t happy in Stockbridge throughout high school. Some of my best friends go to Holly and that really helped out a ton. Also taking some good classes that will help for my college future and what i’m going to major in — something I wish i would of done before my freshmen year or at least last year. Coach Baylis is great, has a ton of confidence and knows how to get his team fired up. Great person to be around on and off the court.
GLH: Describe your game. What are your strengths, weaknesses and who do you model your game after?
TL: I’ve always looked at myself as a scorer, and I wanted to take the important shots. This last season of AAU i started to find myself as an on-the -ball defender and found myself a little rep for it. Also i mainly look to to try to get in the lane and kick, something I usually haven’t done in the past. So I still find my ways to score, but i like having rep, knowing i can play some defense.
GLH: What do you expect out of the Bronchos this season and how excited are you about playing Detroit Country Day in the home opener?
TL: I’m excited for the season, can’t belive it’s already here. I expect a great season, and to have a great senior year. Our team knows what were capable of, and we have our goals ahead of us and just plan to knock one down at a time.
Lovachis and the Bronchos open their 2009-10 season on Tuesday night at home against Detroit Country Day, one of the top teams in the state.