Kenneth Lofton Jr.'s game has an old-school flare.
Dude can work the paint with a plethora of moves that would make NBA Hall of Famer Kevin McHale jealous. He also has a Dennis Rodman-nose for rebounding.
Straight out of Port Arthur, Texas, the 6-foot-7 guard/post had a breakout freshman season at Louisiana Tech, where he was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year. Lofton has guard skills and was a member of the Port Arthur Memorial Class 5A State Champion team as a sophomore.
Last weekend, Lofton went Global. Lofton led Team USA to gold in the FIBA U-19 World Cup, where he averaged 13 points and five boards a game. He scored 15 of his 16 points in the second half to help Team USA to beat France 83-81 in the finals.
In typical Lofton fashion, he was overlooked for the tournament MVP. Just more fuel for his fire.
Why is nobody talking about @itzjunior34?
He has dominated everyone in the low post this tournament.
All my respects. ❤️🔥 pic.twitter.com/530Odslvcl
— 💡 (@coachdanii) July 11, 2021
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EXCLUSIVE: Strake Jesuit alum Matthew Boling talks spring sports stoppage, Olympics, reflects on HS career
It was about this time last year that the world found out who Matthew Boling was.
Highlights of the then-Strake Jesuit senior would pop up on SportsCenter, his sub-10-second 100-meter dash made national headlines and the final lap of his high school career has been viewed nearly 1.7 million times on VYPE Houston's twitter. Boling was named the Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year after his senior year.
BREAKING: @StrakeJesuitATH @matthew_boling1 runs a 44.74 second 400-meter in the final leg of the 4x400 to win the race. This was unbelievable!!! The crowd erupted watching him. @espn @SportsCenter @ESPNAssignDesk @InsideTxTrack @StrakeJesuit @uiltexas pic.twitter.com/B3U8yuZY59
— vypehouston (@vypehouston) May 12, 2019
Boling carried his momentum over to the college ranks as a freshman at the University of Georgia this past year. At the NCAA Indoor National Championships, Boling took silver in the 200-meter dash and was eyeing big times during the outdoor season and potentially at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
VYPE Media Managing Editor Joshua Koch recently caught up with Boling, who is back in Houston training, to talk his success at the college level, reflect on his big high school moments, talk the 2021 Olympics, his advice to high schoolers who lost their spring track season and more.