Louisiana Tech basketball star Kenneth Lofton Jr. decides to stay in 2022 NBA Draft


Following an impressive performance during the NBA Draft Combine that earned a call-up to compete in a G League Elite Camp scrimmage last week, Louisiana Tech big man Kenneth Lofton Jr. has decided to cash in on the generated buzz and stay in the 2022 NBA Draft.

This year, the draft will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 23.

Despite the strong showing and raising his stock last week, Lofton Jr. is still projected as a late-second draft pick at best but most draft analysts grade the Bulldogs’ star player aa undrafted free agent.

Lofton Jr., who won a gold medal with the USA Basketball U19 team at the FIBA World Cup last summer in Latvia, announced his intention to enter draft consideration while maintaining his college eligibility in March, stating the opportunity “to earn valued feedback from NBA teams.”

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The 6-foot-7 sophomore trimmed up a bit, weighing in at 280 at the Combine, and while the size isn’t prototypical for NBA forwards, he displayed nimble footwork for his frame while battling bigs who played college basketball at more prominent programs during the showcase.

He also showed NBA franchises the work he put in on his 3-point shot since Louisiana Tech’s season ended in the Conference USA Championship Game.

Lofton Jr. led the Bulldogs the past two seasons, guiding them to a third-place finish in the 2021 NIT. He averaged more than 14 points and nine rebounds during his time in Ruston.

This article originally appeared on Monroe News-Star: Kenneth Lofton Jr. of La Tech basketball stays in 2022 NBA Draft


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