Pistons sign former New Mexico State guard Zach Lofton
Good things come to those who don’t give up. Such is the case of ex-New Mexico State guard Zach Lofton, who is now granted a G-League contract with the Pistons, after impressing during the Vegas Summer League. The deal also includes a training camp invite.
Lofton expressed his pride with an Instagram post:
First off Love you mom 😘.. But I just want to thank the Detroit Pistons for believing in me and giving me an amazing opportunity to sign my first pro contract.. Quakerdale Prep ➡️ San Jacinto ➡️ Illinois State ➡️ Minnesota ➡️ Texas Southern➡️ New Mexico State➡️ NBA ..I’m Here to let you know that you can make it no matter what the circumstances are, and PEOPLE CHANGE.. Praise to the Almighty 🙌🏽 #651 #Nation
He averaged 10.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in the summer league and he saved the best for last after posting 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting, 5 rebounds, one block and one assist in his final game against the Lakers.
In his time in Mexico State, he was a recipient of the 2017 Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year honor and Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention, on top of First-Team All-WAC, WAC All-Newcomer, NABC First-Team (District 6) and USBA All-District VIII Team honors, per New Mexico State Sports.
While a roster spot is still not guaranteed, it gives him a chance to show what he’s got in the training camp. The Pistons currently has Reggie Jackson, Reggie Bullock, Luke Kennard, Ish Smith, Jose Calderon, Langston Galloway and Jose Calderon crowding the guard rotation.
Lofton will be the 18th player invited to the training camp. Pistons need to add two more to meet the league maximum.