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Old 07-30-2014, 02:34 PM
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ISU's Zach Lofton will accept the offer from Richard Pitino and transfer to Minnesota
.. he will request a waiver from NCAA to play immediately but unless he knows someone influential at NCAA probably won't get it.
...as noted...Zach Lofton has been denied a waiver and will have to sit out this year and will be eligible in fall of 2015...
He will have two years of eligibility remaining ... he is almost 22 years old already so that will make him one of the senior players there.

BUT -- ....One report quoted Minnesota head basketball coach Ricard Pitino as saying....
"..he's got the most talent of anybody in our basketball program."
http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m...on_908773.html
http://minnesota.247sports.com/Artic...ofton-29808040
http://m.startribune.com/?id=261849941
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Old 09-10-2014, 12:21 PM
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ISU's Kaza Keane has finally settled at Cleveland State...where his sister played basketball...
He may be walking on but he won't be eligible this season.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:06 PM
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it is reported Keane is asking NCAA for a waiver to be eligible and play right away..
http://www.cleveland.com/sports/coll...a_late_tr.html
http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcspor...eveland-state/
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:19 PM
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ISU's Zach Lofton will accept the offer from Richard Pitino and transfer to Minnesota
Troubled ex-Illinois State player Zach Lofton, who was possibly Dan Muller's best player the second half of last season, left ISU and transferred to Minnesota. But today he was dismissed by Head Coach Richard Pitino "for failing to meet the expectations and obligations of the team" per a press release issued tonight.
http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/280868092.html
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Old 10-30-2014, 04:19 AM
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can't say I am surprised - seems he gets in the doghouse about everywhere he's been



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it is reported Keane is asking NCAA for a waiver to be eligible and play right away..
Kaza Keane did get the NCAA waiver and is cleared to play right away at Cleveland State, and he's already getting nice writeups saying he'll be a key player.



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A lot of people could average 20 pts a game, on a bad team, taking 15 shots per game, with a 1.8/2.8 assist to turnover ratio... His shooting numbers, against mainly inferior competition wasn't good either- 40% from the field and 34% from 3.
but he led the entire CAA plus now he's starting already as a rookie in a good pro league in Europe and already averaging about 10 ppg..
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:55 PM
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Zach Lofton, Nick Zeisloft, and Kaza Keane all gone...
Nick Zeisloft had a decent year at Indiana -
there are concerns about his defensive abilities but he shot well and provided the Hooisers with something they valued and something we could have used...
He hit .450 on 3-pt attempts at Indiana - thus he has a better career 3-pt shooting pct. than Matt Roth and Zeisloft currently ranks 4th all time in IU's career 3-pt pct.

Kaza Keane played well for Cleveland State - but saw his playing time diminish as the season wore on..
He was still valuable as a PG, started 20 games, averaged 4.4 ppg, 2.1 assists but only 0.8 turnovers.

Zach Lofton is another story - he went to Minnesota but got dismissed from the team right off the bat.
He apparently stayed at Minnesota and is trying to work his way back onto the team for next year.
"The door appears open.."
https://twitter.com/JBBauer612/statu...63919859671040
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:32 AM
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Zach Lofton is another story - he went to Minnesota but got dismissed from the team right off the bat.
He apparently stayed at Minnesota and is trying to work his way back onto the team for next year.
"The door appears open.."
https://twitter.com/JBBauer612/statu...63919859671040
Former ISU player Zach Lofton, spent a year in junior college, then spent 1 year at ISU, where he was arguably their best player that season (2013-14). He fell into Dan Muller's doghouse and and was kicked off the ISU team. He transferred to Minnesota and sat out this past season, and then fell into Richard Pitino's doghouse and was kicked off the Minnesota team. He has decided to transfer again to Texas Southern of the SWAC. Since they are also a D1 school, he will have to sit out another full season. That will leave him with just 1 season of eligibility starting in the 2016-2017 season at Texas Southern. That is assuming he doesn't wear out his welcome there.
Texas Southern head coach Mike Davis is known to tolerate malcontents, and has taken in numerous transfers from other schools who were kicked off for disciplinary reasons. It will be interesting to see if Lofton can make it there.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...iggs/13534241/
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Kaza Keane played well for Cleveland State - but saw his playing time diminish as the season wore on..
He was still valuable as a PG, started 20 games, averaged 4.4 ppg, 2.1 assists but only 0.8 turnovers...
former ISU point guard and "guard of the future" Kaza Keane has left Cleveland State and will play next year at Carleton in Canada
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Old 12-23-2015, 03:55 PM
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former ISU guard......Kaza Keane has left Cleveland State and will play next year at Carleton in Canada
ex-ISU Redbird Kaza Keane started a trend...
NCAA players transferring and playing college ball in Canada - he's having a good year for Carleton,
averaging 15.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 6.9 assists!
https://twitter.com/NorthPoleHoops/s...83647906168832
http://northpolehoops.com/2015/12/23.../#.VnsIus9Vikp
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:10 PM
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(Zach) Lofton was a head case. Zeisloft graduated and is very strong academically. He will pursue a school with a strong academic history and get it paid for. Keane wasn't going to play much next year.


Ex-ISU Redbird Zach Lofton is finally primed to play again...
he left the ISU squad (after his sophomore year) way back two and a half years ago...then transferred to juco then Minnesota then got booted and languished a while longer - finally transferring to Texas Southern.
Unless he gets an unexpected favorable ruling, he has only this year left then his clock will run out
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Ex-ISU Redbird Zach Lofton is finally primed to play again...
he left the ISU squad (after his sophomore year) way back two and a half years ago...then transferred to juco then Minnesota then got booted and languished a while longer - finally transferring to Texas Southern.
Unless he gets an unexpected favorable ruling, he has only this year left then his clock will run out
The saga of ex-ISU player Zach Lofton never seems to end. He is now approaching his 25th birthday, and is still looking to play another season of college ball, his 6th college season, and he is looking to transfer to his 5th school.

He finished high school in 2011 at Columbia Heights, Minnesota, near Minneapolis, but not without controversy. He was involved in an on-court fight in a state playoff game, and then after his team lost in the state championship game, he was removed from the Minnesota All Tournament team due to "exhibiting poor sportsmanship".

Then he attended a prep school (Quakerdale Prep in Iowa) for a year after high school (2011-12).
He then spent a year at a Texas junior college (San Jacinto) in 2012-13. He averaged 16.6 ppg there as a freshman-
http://www.njcaa.org/sports/mbkb/201...zachlofton4jgp

Then he transferred to Illinois State and played the 2013-14 season for the Redbirds.
He was their 2nd leading scorer as a sophomore at ISU with an average of 11.3 ppg-
http://www.goredbirds.com/custompage...ason_stats.pdf

But he was dismissed by Coach Dan Muller, and transferred and enrolled at the University of Minnesota. But he quickly wore out his welcome there with Head Coach Richard Pitino, and was dismissed from the Minnesota team just days before they started playing games on October 29, 2014-
http://www.startribune.com/zach-loft...ers/280868092/

However, he remained enrolled at Minnesota for the entire 2014-15 school year and into the summer of 2015 and there were reports he might be taken back on the team for the 2nd semester, and then that maybe he'd be welcomed back the following year.
However, that never happened, and finally in mid-July of 2015, he withdrew from Minnesota and announced he was transferring to Texas Southern University.
http://www.startribune.com/report-te...ton/317556701/

He petitioned the NCAA for a waiver so he wouldn't have to sit out another year, but that was turned down. So he spent the entire 2015-16 season sitting out at Texas Southern under NCAA transfer rules.

But then he played the 2016-17 season for Texas Southern. He helped lead them to a 23-12 season, and runaway winners of the SWAC Conference at 16-2. The won the SWAC Tournament, and made the NCAA, but were humiliated by North Carolina in the first round 103-64. Lofton was just 2-11 in that game.
He lead Texas Southern in scoring with an average of 16.8 ppg, though he took 100 more shots on the season than anyone else on the team-
http://www.tsusports.com/cumestats.a...all&year=2016&

But after playing 3 different seasons (one at juco, one at ISU, and one at TSU) and spending 5 years in college (one each at juco, ISU, Minnesota, and two at TSU) it would seem his college career should be over. The NCAA allows only 5 years to complete an athlete's 4 years of eligibility.
A couple months ago he announced he was entering the NBA draft. He did not sign with an agent, so he was eligible to withdraw, which he did.
But then instead of returning to Texas Southern, he declared he would transfer and seek to play another year elsewhere-
http://collegebasketball.nbcsports.c...n-to-transfer/

Apparently, he now has accumulated enough credits to graduate. And as a graduate, he would be able to transfer to any school under the NCAA grad-transfer rule.
I didn't think grad-transfers required a release from their former school, but today, it is being reported that Zach Lofton has informed Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports and FanRag Sports that he has been granted his release from Texas Southern-
https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/sta...92030816628738

As a grad-transfer, he could transfer to any school without sitting out another year. But it would require he receive a waiver from the NCAA for a 6th year of college eligibility. I am not sure how he could have been granted a 6th year, since none of his seasons were affected by injury, which is almost always the only reason the NCAA grants 6th year waivers. But if true, he is an available grad-transfer. Would Illinois, who has been linked to a number of grad-transfers, be interested in him?
https://www.fanragsports.com/news/te...eives-release/
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:07 PM
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Former ISU player Deontae Hawkins has committed to Boston College-
https://twitter.com/Zacklopedia/stat...91741040943105

I thought ISU people said Hawkins didn't qualify for another year of eligibility due to his academics, and that "everyone knew" his leigibility was over after last season ended?
After October 26, 2016, he was listed on the ISU roster as a "SENIOR".
So how does he get another year of eligibility at Boston College?
For the record, nobody has ever referred to him as a "transfer" after the season ended, and he left the team. On the Verbalcommits transfer page, and other lists of transfers, he has never been listed-
http://verbalcommits.com/transfers/2017

This tweet confirms that he is a grad-transfer (though I canot find his listed on any list of grad-transfers) and he is eligible immediately-
https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/sta...92039851548673
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:41 PM
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From FanRag Sports-
https://www.fanragsports.com/news/ro...oston-college/
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The saga of ex-ISU player Zach Lofton never seems to end. He is now approaching his 25th birthday, and is still looking to play another season of college ball, his 6th college season, and he is looking to transfer to his 5th school....
Zach Lofton hearing from North Carolina State, Gonzaga, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Nevada, Mississipi-
https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/stat...58708146966530
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Old 06-14-2017, 10:42 PM
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Former ISU player Deontae Hawkins has committed to Boston College-
https://twitter.com/Zacklopedia/stat...91741040943105

I thought ISU people said Hawkins didn't qualify for another year of eligibility due to his academics, and that "everyone knew" his leigibility was over after last season ended?
After October 26, 2016, he was listed on the ISU roster as a "SENIOR".
So how does he get another year of eligibility at Boston College?
For the record, nobody has ever referred to him as a "transfer" after the season ended, and he left the team. On the Verbalcommits transfer page, and other lists of transfers, he has never been listed-
http://verbalcommits.com/transfers/2017

This tweet confirms that he is a grad-transfer (though I canot find his listed on any list of grad-transfers) and he is eligible immediately-
https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/sta...92039851548673

The saga of former ISU player Deontae Hawkins continues. He left ISU presumably with no more eligibility, but now he appears to be potentially on track to get his degree this summer. That would make him eligible for another year as a grad-transfer. So last week he verbally committed to Boston College, which finished 15th place in the ACC and is by far the worst team in the ACC.
But the spring signing period has passed, so he is not eligible to sign a NLI.
And now apparently because he is not bound by a NLI, other schools are openly calling him and trying to lure him away from Boston College.
An ESPN radio host tweeted this today-
https://twitter.com/JasonSmith929/st...03015795077123

L. Jason Smith‏Verified account
@JasonSmith929


Now calling Deontae Hawkins: Ohio State, BC (trying to keep him committed), Michigan, LSU, GT, Pacific, OleMiss, Wisc, Mich St.

Just sayin'
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Old 07-06-2017, 04:33 PM
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Former ISU player Deontae Hawkins has committed to Boston College-
https://twitter.com/Zacklopedia/stat...91741040943105
Suddenly, Deontae Hawkins is no longer committed to Boston College.

There are rumors that Dan Muller may be interested in him returning to ISU.

There are also reports that after Hawkins committed to Boston College, he was contacted by several other schools trying to convince him he made a mistake. So since then, he has made visits to other schools. This may be a reason he is now decommitting from BC.
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he does have other obligations in Bloomington this summer..
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Deontae Hawkins reportedly still considering Boston College, along with New Mexico, Creighton, Western Kentucky, and Pacific.
https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/sta...95913287348224
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:36 AM
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ISU's summer sessions end Friday and the fall term begins August 21 at ISU...
Deontae Hawkins still has not committed anywhere, nor enrolled anywhere and the internet & twitter buzz on him has all but died...and many if not most of the schools that were after him are now going a different direction...
so wonder what's up??
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:15 PM
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Deontae Hawkins still has not committed anywhere..
Deja' vu all over again..... altho obviously it was in doubt - grade are out and he must have passed!
Deontae Hawkins has now "recommitted" to Boston College...
I guess none of the other offers were enough to lure him out of his original choice..

https://www.fanragsports.com/news/il...oston-college/
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