Gophers men’s basketball dismisses guard Zach Lofton

MINNEAPOLIS — The Gophers men’s basketball team dismissed guard Zach Lofton on Wednesday, coach Richard Pitino announced in a statement.

Lofton, a St. Paul native and transfer from Illinois State, was immediately dismissed "for failing to meet the expectations and obligations of the team," according to the release. The junior guard would have had to sit out the 2014-15 season anyway due to the NCAA’s transfer rules. He will remain on scholarship through the 2014-15 academic year.

"While decisions like this are always difficult, we felt it was in the interest of our program to move forward at this time," Pitino said in the statement. "We wish Zach nothing but the best in the future."

As a sophomore guard last year at Illinois State, Lofton averaged 11.3 points per game and added 46 assists, 31 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game in 31 games. After sitting out this season, Lofton likely would have been a key contributor in the Gophers’ backcourt.

Lofton played his high school basketball at Columbia Heights High School. Before playing last year at Illinois State, Lofton spent a season at San Jacinto College.

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