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Lofton commitment gives Minnesota basketball six recruits for 2014

  • Blog Post by: Amelia Rayno
  • April 23, 2014 - 10:49 PM

After one week of silence, Minnesota's spring recruitment has started to heat up.

Illinois State transfer Zach Lofton was the second of two recruits to commit to the Gophers on Wednesday. He announced his decision in a tweet.

"I WILL BE SIGNING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TO CONTINUE MY COLLEGE CAREER TMRW ! #GOGOPHERS #NATION" he tweeted (in all caps).

Lofton fills out the Gophers' 2014 class with six recruits. Earlier in the day, Minnesota received a commitment from 6-11 center Bakary Konate, a Mali native currently playing at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas. Power forward Gaston Diedhiou (Canary Islands, Spain) also committed to Minnesota, on April 11, but has yet to sign. The trio has until May 21 to pen their National Letters of Intent. The signing period began on April 16.

The Gophers signed forward Josh Martin and guards Carlos Morris (JUCO) and Nate Mason in the spring.

Lofton spent one season San Jacinto College before playing with the Redbirds last season. The 6-4 guard averaged 11.3 points and three rebounds in 23 minutes per game at Illinois State, but was suspended for the last three games of the season for undisclosed reasons.

The guard will likely have to sit one season per NCAA transfer rules. Earlier this week, his former Columbia Heights high school coach Willie Braziel said Lofton is unlikely to qualify for any waiver scenarios under the NCAA guidelines.

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