Lofton Signs Illinois State Basketball NLI
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April 18, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Junior college transfer Zach Lofton will continue his education and basketball career at Illinois State according to Redbird head basketball coach Dan Muller. The 6-foot-4 guard signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) Thursday and will begin as a sophomore at ISU after transferring from San Jacinto (Texas) Community College.
"Zach is a very talented scoring guard," Muller said. "He has the ability to score off the catch and bounce, as well as attack the rim in transition. His size and athleticism along with his skill make Zach a dangerous player. Zach will have three years of eligibility to play at Illinois State."
A native of St. Paul, Minn., Lofton averaged 16.6 points per game, which ranked in the NJCAA Division I top-100 as a freshman at San Jacinto. He shot 49-for-141 from beyond the arc (34.8 percent), 47.3 percent from the field and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. Lofton tallied 19 double-digit scoring performances as a freshman, with two 26-point efforts.
Lofton also averaged 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, as he helped his team to a 24-6 record. He collected two or more assists 18 times throughout the season and earned all-Region XIV second-team accolades.
Lofton knows what it takes to win a championship, as he helped guide Columbia Heights High School to the Class 3A state championship game. He then attended Quakerdale Prep School in New Providence, Iowa, for a year before enrolling at San Jacinto.
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Photos courtesy of San Jacinto Community College.