Florida lands ‘proven winner’ with St. Bonnies guard Lofton

Florida officially signed the transfer graduates and St. Bonaventure goaltender Kyle Lofton on Friday, a potentially huge addition for new coach Todd Golden.

Lofton has earned 10 All-Atlantic accolades each of the last three seasons while totaling 1,613 points and 604 assists. The 6-foot-3 point guard started 116 games in his four years with the Bonnies, averaging 38.1 minutes per game nationally and shooting 42.1% from the field and 82% from the line free throws.

“He’s a proven winner and leader,” Golden said. “He improves others around him and only cares about one thing: winning.”

Lofton is expected to be an upgrade from proven playmaker Tyree Appleby, who was transferred for the second time and landed at Wake Forest.

Lofton helped St. Bonaventure reach the NCAA Tournament in 2021, leading the Bonnies with 23 points in the Atlantic 10 Championship Game.

He joins VMI point guard Trey Bonham, Belmont shot-stopper Will Richard and LSU forward Alex Fudge as transfers Golden lured to Gainesville. They are expected to be at the heart of the program, along with big man Colin Castleton and guard Kowacie Reeves.

The Gators now have 11 of 13 purses filled for next season, with Golden still looking to the transfer gate in hopes of finding frontline help and another shooter.

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