Ad Spot

PHOTOS: Memorial grad Kenneth Lofton Jr. named finalist for U19 World Cup Team

Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Lofton, Jr. was named one of 17 finalists for the 2021 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team, an announcement made late Monday night.

Lofton was a sophomore on the 2017 Memorial basketball team that won the state title.

He graduated from Memorial in 2019.

Lofton’s finalist status follows four practice sessions over two days at TCU in Fort Worth that involved 26 players.

Selections were made by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee.

“Every one of the 26 players put in a lot of effort and showcased high level skillsets for the committee to consider which is what made things so difficult,” said Matt Painter, USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee chair and Purdue University head coach.

“The 17 finalists we identified offer coach Dixon and his coaching staff outstanding athleticism and versatility, and it puts us in excellent position to name the best possible USA team for the FIBA U19 World Cup.”

Lofton, who does not turn 19 until August, was named Third Team All-Conference USA and C-USA Freshman of the Year after helping leading LA Tech to a 24-win season and a third place finish in the National Invitation Tournament.

The finalists, made up of 10 players who completed their first collegiate season in 2020-21 and seven players from the high school class of 2021, will continue training twice a day in Fort Worth.

The final 12-member USA U19 World Cup Team will be announced prior to the team’s June 28 departure for Latvia, with the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup taking place July 3-11.

FINALISTS

Patrick Baldwin, Jr. (Hamilton HS/Sussex, Wis.)
Kendall Brown (Sunrise Christian Academy/Cottage Grove, Minn.)
Kennedy Chandler (Sunrise Christian Academy/Memphis, Tenn.)
Jonathan Davis (Wisconsin/La Crosse, Wis.)
Caleb Furst (Blackhawk Christian School/Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Jordan Hall (Texas A&M/Wildwood, N.J.)
Chet Holmgren (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.)
Harrison Ingram (St. Mark’s School/Dallas, Texas)
Jaden Ivy (Purdue/South Bend, Ind.)
Ryan Kalkbrenner (Creighton/St. Louis, Mo.)
Kenneth Lofton, Jr. (Louisiana Tech/Port Arthur, Texas)
Mike Miles (TCU/Lancaster, Texas)
Adam Miller (LSU/Chicago, Ill.)
Trey Patterson (Villanova/Somerset, N.J.)
Deivon Smith (Georgia Tech/Loganville, Ga.)
Jabari Walker (Colorado/Inglewood, Calif.)
Peyton Watson (Long Beach Poly Tech HS/Long Beach, Calif.)

Local

COVID concerns increase as cases spike, school year looms, town hall planned

Local

Tax office opening plans for Mid County, Port Arthur following COVID cases

Local

Port Arthur delays cited in termination of LNG customer agreement; major project decision set for 2022

High School Sports

Check out Nederland’s new volleyball uniform & schedule

Local

New trial date set for suspect in 2018 killing of Floyd Dergent in Port Arthur

Groves

Problems with vacant Renaissance Hospital detailed; Groves seeks answers from property owner

Local

Port Neches speeding concerns lead to $33K traffic study; see what roads are targeted

Business

South County Physical Therapy shares story of success more than 50 years in the making

Local

Nederland business robbed at gunpoint Monday morning; shot fired to open safe

Local

CHRISTUS helps seniors in need keep cool; now you can too

Beaumont

Area anesthesiologist named Texas Medical Association Trustees vice chair

Local

COVID cases rising locally, across county. More than 50 diagnosed since Friday.

Local

2019 fatal hit-&-run “person of interest” taken into custody Monday morning, Port Arthur Police say

Local

Health department details 20-plus new COVID cases for Mid & South County residents

Local

See where gas prices are headed after 2021 U.S. gasoline demand hits new high

Local

SEE THE LIST: Drug possession, burglaries & forgeries lowlight indictments

Beaumont

CHRISTUS to announce support for summer fan drive & reach out for public participation

Local

Nederland voters elect new councilman

Education

PAISD transportation department prepping for new school year

Local

Port Arthur man reportedly injures 85-year-old family member; also faces sex offender registration charge

Columns

STEPHEN HEMELT — House Bill 4545, Senate Bill 1697 upping demands on local school districts

High School Sports

Local company to stream Bulldog football games

Local

PHOTO FEATURE — New Port Arthur Fire Chief meets with community members

Local

PHOTO FEATURE — Contractor completing water tower artwork