New Mexico State lands reigning SWAC Player of the Year Zach Lofton

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New Mexico State added a key graduate transfer on Monday as Texas Southern guard and reigning SWAC Player of the Year Zach Lofton committed to the Aggies.

The 6-foot-3 Lofton had a breakout season last year at Texas Southern as he averaged 16.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while also being named the SWAC’s Newcomer of the Year. Starting his career at Illinois State, Lofton will be eligible to play right away next season for New Mexico State as he gives head coach Chris Jans a huge scoring boost on the perimeter.

Lofton joins a roster that includes Ohio State transfer A.J. Harris and double-double threat Eli Chuha. The Aggies will face major competition from Grand Canyon in the WAC this season, but they’ll also be in solid position to make it back to the NCAA tournament with the addition of a talented scorer like Lofton.