Tennessee basketball to retire Chris Lofton’s No. 5 jerseys

Tennessee basketball is placing a brand new jersey within the rafters at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols introduced that Thursday chris Lofton’s no 5 might be retired earlier than the Kentucky sport on January 14 in Knoxville.

Lofton, the Maysville, Kentucky, native, will turn into the fifth former males’s Tennessee basketball participant to have his jersey retired, becoming a member of an unique membership that features Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld, Allan Houston and Dale Ellis.

“It’s exceptional what a legacy Chris left right here at Tennessee,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes stated in an announcement. “Since I’ve been right here, I can not depend the variety of followers who’ve advised me Chris Lofton tales. And I do know all too effectively the kind of shot-maker he was within the sport’s largest moments. He’s extraordinarily deserving of this prestigious recognition.”

Lofton, who starred for the Vols from 2004-08, was an Associated Press All-American as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was the 2007 SEC Player of the Year and scored 2,131 profession factors in a Tennessee uniform, which stays fourth most in program historical past.

He made greater than 100 3-pointers in every of his closing three seasons at Tennessee and stays the UT and SEC report holder with 431 made. When his profession at Tennessee ended, he was third in NCAA Division historical past with 3-pointers made. He shot .422 for his profession from the 3-point line, second in Tennessee historical past, nonetheless holds the report for threes made in a sport, with 9, and holds the highest two information for threes made in a single season, with 118 in 2007-08 and 114 in 2005-06.

Lofton battled most cancers throughout the 2007-08 season, with out the bout and his therapies being made public, and in the end landed on the 2008 Wooden All-American Team. He additionally led the Vols to a No. 1 rating within the Associated Press Top 25 for the primary time in program historical past throughout his senior season, whereas Tennessee received a program-record 31 video games.

While profitable SEC Player of the Year in 2007, he received the league’s scoring title, averaging a career-high 20.8 factors per sport and was consensus second-team All American in 2007.

He averaged 13.2 factors per sport and shot .465 from the 3-point line as a freshman in 2004-05, the second-best 3-point common in program historical past. At the time, his 93 3-pointers made throughout his freshman season was second most in Tennessee historical past and essentially the most ever from a freshman within the SEC.

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Lofton performed professionally abroad for 10 years, making stops in Spain, Russia, Turkey, France, Lithuania and South Korea. He accomplished his Tennessee diploma in 2010, was inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014 and was named to Tennessee’s All-Century staff in 2009.

“As a recovering basketball participant/coach myself—and having labored in school athletics because the early 2000s—I’m extraordinarily aware of what an excellent participant Chris Lofton was throughout his time right here,” Tennessee athletic director Danny White stated.

“Having now realized extra about his unimaginable work ethic, the adversity he overcame and the superb character he displayed—and continues to show—I can not wait to expertise Thompson-Boling Arena once we unveil his banner within the rafters.”

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