Sunday, March 9, 2008

Senior Spotlight: Chris Lofton


The last Senior Spotlight leading up to today's Senior Day Events and Game is Chris Lofton.
Chris. Chris Lofton was born in Maysville, Kentucky and came to the Vols from Mason County High School. As a senior Lofton earned Kentucky's Mr. Basketball honors, Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year, and Associated Press Player of the Year. Not to mention he was a McDonald's All-America nominee. Chris finished his career with a school-record 2,763 points and ranks third all-time in Kentucky history with 252 points in 10 career state tournament games. He could hit the three pointer in high school as well where he made 46.2 percent (353-of-764) of his career 3-point attempts. Lofton also won the 3-point shooting contest at the prestigious Derby Festival Basketball Classic in Louisville. Not to mention his talent as a football player where he had 116.0 receiving yards per game as a senior and led the state with 20 touchdown catches and had his football jersey retired in August 2004. Chris finished his senior campaign on the gridiron with 74 receptions for 1,624 yards and 20 touchdowns. Lofton burst onto the scene as a freshman with 93 3-pointers. Lofton trumped his freshman season by earning the following awards: Wooden Award Finalist, Second team All-America (The Sporting News, FOXSports.com and Scout.com), Third team All-America (NABC and Rivals.com), Honorable mention All-America (Associated Press), USBWA District IV Player of the Year, First team All-SEC (Associated Press and Coaches), First team NABC All-District 7, USBWA All-District IV, Basketball Times All-South, ESPN.com and FOXSports.com national player of the week (2/13/06), Three-time SEC Player of the Week (12/19/05, 1/23/06 and 2/13/06), Named the SEC's best shooter in a poll of SEC players conducted by Sports Illustrated, Named the SEC's "Most Valuable Player" by CollegeInsider.com (3/1/06). Not to mention his last second three pointer to beat Winthrop in the NCAA Tournament. As a junior, Lofton pulled in the awards again: Consensus second team All-America (Associated Press, Sporting News, SI.com, Basketball Times, Rivals.com, Collegehoops.net), Third team All-America (NABC), SEC Player of the Year (Associated Press, Dick Vitale-ESPN.com), First team All-SEC (Associated Press, Coaches), Second team Dick Vitale’s All-Solid Gold PTP’ers, On the national ballot for the Wooden and Naismith awards, USBWA District 4 Player of the Year, NABC first team All-District 7, ESPN.com National Player of the Week (Dec. 26) ... Dick Vitale co-National Player of the Week (Dec. 11) ... 2007 SEC Community Service Team, SEC Player of the Week (Nov. 20, Dec. 11, Dec. 24), Rated the nation’s top shooting guard by Rivals.com in its College Basketball Power Rankings. Lofton also became the 39th player in UT history to score 1,000 career points. He has continued the success throughout his senior season, where he averages 15.6 points per game. He has broken 20 points per game ten times this year with 27 against Georgia. Lofton was selected by Rivals.com as the No. 2 3-point shooter of all-time in May 2007. A speak for all Vol fans when I say THANK YOU CHRIS for selecting Tennessee and all you have done for the University.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

While reading all of the awards Chris has won, I was thrilled. My husband and I are big Chris Lofton fans and think he is the finest young man to ever play the game. His demeanor, his stature, his appreciation of the game, the way he respects the coaches, his fellow players, and referees, all tell us the kind of person he is. He has provided us with much enjoyment...watching him play over the past 4 years. We wish for him all of the good things life has to offer and pray that God will open a very special door for a very special Vol. We know He will!! Thanks, Chris, for all the joy you brought to us. You are a very special person.

Peggie Huddleston
Gallatin, TN

Sports Fan said...

Very true, thanks for the comment.
Here's to hoping he can win the Senior Class Award

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