Lofton declares himself for the NBA Draft

Port Arthur native Kenneth Lofton Jr. has decided to explore the next step in his basketball career and declare himself for the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-7, 275-pound Louisiana Tech forward posted his announcement on Twitter just before noon Tuesday morning.

Lofton has been an impact player for the Bulldogs since his freshman year. He immediately made an impact on the team and became a regular starter on the team.

Lofton played 32 games in his freshman year and started in 28 of them. The following season (2021-2022), he started in all 33 games he appeared in. His playing time went from 22.8 minutes per game to 27 minutes per game.

His already impressive goalscoring and rebounding numbers have also improved. As a freshman, he averaged 12.1 ppg and 7.5 rpg. Those numbers jumped to 16.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg his sophomore year.

Lofton also has a long list of awards already attached to its name. He has won the Conference USA Freshman of the Week award nine times, selected C-USA Freshman of the Year, and was a member of the C-USA All-Freshman Team and the NIT All-Tournament Team. Last season, he added to the roster with an all-conference first-team selection, an all-conference tournament selection and was on the Karl Malone Award watch list.

Not to mention, he won a gold medal with Team USA’s U-19 squad at the FIBA ​​World Cup in 2021.

Lofton will maintain his college eligibility as he is assessed for career prospects.

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