Gallia 7-footer Loveday transfers to Huntington Prep
HUNTINGTON — Gallia Academy 7-foot-1 junior center Zach Loveday transferred to Huntington Prep on Monday.
Officials in the Gallia Academy athletic department confirmed Loveday’s departure.
Ranked by several scouting services as one of the top 50 boys basketball juniors in the nation, Loveday said he left the Blue Devils to play with and against better players.
“This move just puts me in a better position on the court with better players, a bigger stage and staff that will take great care of me,” Loveday said in a report by stockrisers.com, a recruiting website. “The school (Huntington St. Joe) is great, too. The teachers are really caring.”
Loveday helped Gallia Academy to a spot in the Athens District finals in Division II in 2017-18 and to a 5-3 start this season. He possesses scholarship offers from Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Purdue, Ohio State, Stanford and Xavier, among many others. Loveday was is on pace to score his 1,000th career point this season. He is immediately eligible to play.
The mid-season transfer surprised many throughout the Tri-State and was the buzz at high school games Monday night. Gallia Academy was the preseason favorite to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship and was tied with Chesapeake, Coal Grove, Fairland and Ironton for first place in the league with a 2-1 record.
“It was tough to leave, but I know this is a better situation for me,” Loveday said.