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Bona's Kyle Lofton, UB's Summer Hemphill lead preseason Big 4 basketball teams

St. Bonaventure guard Kyle Lofton and University at Buffalo forward Summer Hemphill were named preseason All-Big 4 basketball players of the year.

The Big 4 men's and women's preseason teams were announced Monday, a day before the St. Bonaventure men and UB women open the season. The Bonnies host Ohio at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Reilly Center, and the Bulls host Central Connecticut State at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Alumni Arena.

Lofton, a sophomore, started 34 games for Bona in 2018-19 and averaged 14.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He ranked 14th in scoring in the Atlantic 10 Conference, was eighth in the conference in assists (127) and ninth in steals (1.4). Lofton earned All-Rookie and All-Atlantic 10 Tournament honors in 2018-19.

The All-Big 4 men's first team also includes UB guards Jayvon Graves and Davonta Jordan, Canisius guard Malik Johnson and Bona forward/center Osun Osunniyi. Lofton, Graves, Jordan and Johnson were unanimous first-team selections.

The men's second team has Buffalo sophomore Jeenathan Williams, Canisius junior Scott Hitchon, Niagara sophomore Raheem Solomon and senior James Towns and Bona sophomore Dominick Welch.

Hemphill, a senior and a Cardinal O'Hara graduate, averaged 14.5 points and 10.3 rebounds in 26 games with the Bulls in 2018-19. She made 58.1% of her field goal attempts and 73.7% of her free-throw attempts last season, and was a MAC All-Tournament Team selection after she set a tournament record with 21 rebounds in a game.

The All-Big 4 women's first team also includes Canisius guard D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks, Niagara guard Jai Moore, UB guard Hanna Hall and UB guard Theresa Onwuka.

Hemphill, Patterson-Ricks and Moore were unanimous first-team selections.

The women's second team is Canisius junior Danielle Sanderlin, senior Maggie McIntyre and junior Emerald Ekpiteta from Niagara and Bonaventure sophomores Deja Francis and Asianae Johnson.

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