HBCU to Pro

Former SWAC player of the Year signs with Detroit Pistons

Zach Lofton turns a summer league opportunity into a contract.

Former Texas Southern star and SWAC Player of the Year Zach Lofton has signed with the Detroit Pistons. Lofton announced the signing on his Instagram page on Saturday.

Lofton, who played at New Mexico State last season as a graduate transfer, played for Detroit in last month’s Las Vegas NBA Summer League.

“I want to thank the Detroit Pistons for the amazing opportunity to be a part of the organization,” Lofton said in a news release. “I also want to thank the amazing support system I’ve had through the years. I’m excited to start this new chapter.”

Lofton averaged 19.3 minutes per game in six games to average 10.8 points and 2.5 rebounds. In the final Summer League game against the Los Angeles Lakers, he dropped 21 points on 9 of 17 shooting.

Lofton was a First Team All-WAC selection last season. He was the SWAC Player of the Year at Texas Southern in 2016-17.

Other Hoop Dreams

The NBA’s G-League has its open invitational starting on Sunday in Chicago. The two-day camp is an opportunity for invited players to scrimmage against one another with the hope of making a G-League or even NBA roster.

Two HBCU players and former teammates were invited to attend the camp.  Phillip Carr and Tiwian Kendley, both former Morgan State Bears, are on this year’s invite list.  Carr participated briefly with the Philadelphia 76ers prior to the start of summer league, Tiwian Kendley played with the Wizards on their summer league team.

Last year, 13 players received NBA training camp invites after attending the event and multiple players were later called up.

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