ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Kyle Lofton, a 6-4 guard from Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. Bonaventure University and play basketball, Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt announced.
This year, Lofton helped Putnam win the first national prep championship in school history. In the title game, a 74-66 overtime win over Northfield Mount Hermon, he had 10 points, four assists and four steals.
The Mustangs finished the 2017-18 season with a record of 38-4, including a school record 24-game win streak. Lofton, the team's point guard, led Putnam in minutes and averaged 10 points, six assists and three rebounds per game. He made 48 percent of his shots overall and 40 percent from behind the three-point line. Lofton was coached by Tom Espinosa.
Lofton is ranked third in the state of Connecticut by New England Recruiting Report, which also named him one of 10 players in its 2017-18 All-New England first team.
A native of Hillside, N.J., Lofton attended Union Catholic High School prior to Putnam.
"We are really excited to welcome Kyle into our program," Schmidt said. "He is a good fit for the way we like to play. He is a long, athletic point guard who has a great understanding of how to play the position. He understands how to play in a ball screen offense, and he is a great passer with a good feel for the game. He's a great defender on the ball, too."
"The coaching staff at Putnam did a really good job with Kyle helping him improve his total game. He has matured, gotten stronger and improved all of his skills. Plus, he was the 'quarterback' of a championship team there. He knows the sacrifices it takes to win. That says a lot about him."
Lofton will join a St. Bonaventure program that has won at least 20 games the last three years, topped by a school record 26 wins this past season, when the Bonnies advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Lofton will be the second new guard to join the Bonnies next season along with Jalen Poyser. Three starting guards from this season – Jaylen Adams, Matt Mobley and Idris Taqqee – will graduate in May.