Tennessee’s Legendary All-American and SEC Basketball Program will honor an all-time 3-point king Chris Lofton By retiring his No. 5 shirt at the end of the first half of the team’s game of the season at home against Kentucky on Saturday, January 14.
“As a recovering basketball player/coach, and having worked in college athletics since the early 2000s, I am well aware of what outstanding player Chris Lofton has been like during his time here,” University of Tennessee Vice President/Athletics Director powers Danny White He said. “Now that I have learned more about the amazing work ethic, the adversities he has overcome and the incredible personality he has displayed – and continuous To showcase it—I can’t wait to try out Thompson-Boling when we unveil his flag in the rafters. “
A native of Missville, Kentucky, the Lofton suited volunteer from 2004 to 2008 and left Knoxville as one of the most decorated players in the program’s history.
Lofton earned AP All-America honors during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons at Tennessee and was named SEC’s 2007 MVP. He scored 2,131 career points during his four seasons as a volume — a mark that still ranks fourth in the show’s history.
“It’s great what Chris left here in Tennessee,” Vols head coach Rick Barnes He said. “Since I’ve been here, I can’t count the number of fans who have told me Chris Lofton’s stories. And I know very well what kind of shooter he was in the game’s biggest moments. He deserves it so much. A prestigious acknowledgment.”
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One of the most prolific 3-point shooters in NCAA history, Lofton left his name etched in the record books for his prowess behind the bow. He hit over 100 three times per season during each of his last three collegiate campaigns and finished his college career as an all-time three-point king in Tennessee and the SEC with 431 points—a record that has yet to fall. His 431 career also ranked third in NCAA Division I history at the time he left Tennessee.
His career ratio of 0.422 – 3 points (431 of 1,021) is the second-best ever by volume, and he also holds the program record for three throws made in game (9) and the highest two-season total for 3 points (118 in 2007-08 and 114 in 2005-2006).
However, the toughest battle for Lofton came in Tennessee turning off court. Diagnosed with cancer at the end of his junior season, he battled quietly through radiation treatments that led to the 2007-08 campaign. Lofton’s bout didn’t become cancerous general knowledge Until more than a month from the end of the graduation season.
Despite undergoing cancer treatments between his early and senior years, Lofton composed a major campaign that earned him a spot on the 2008 Wooden All-America team. During his final season at Rocky Top—which saw Tennessee climb to number one in the AP Top-25 Poll for the first time in the Program history and record winnings in 31 games Lofton started all 36 competitions while leading the team in scoring (15.5 ppg) and 3-point shooting (.384).
Lofton’s junior season saw him earn the 2007 SEC Player of the Year award, winning the SEC scoring title with 20.8 best points per game. In addition to being honored at the SEC, Lofton was the agreed second team at the All-American in 2007 and made the national ballot for the Wood and Naismith Cup.
Lofton made his first appearance on the national college basketball scene as a sophomore in 2005-06—leading the Foles to the No. 2 NCAA Championship by posting the team’s best scoring totals (17.2 points per inch), 3 percentage points (.437), 3-point hits (114), field goal shooting (174), steals per game (2.0 spg) and minutes (31.9 mpg).
As a freshman, he averaged 13.2 points and shot .465 from behind the arc—the second best 3-point percentage per season in the program’s history. His 93 three-pointers also ranked him second on the Tennessee State singles roster, and they were the most ever by an SEC freshman—breaking Chris Jackson’s LSU student record of 84 in 1988-89.
After his stint in Tennessee, Lofton set off a 10-year professional career in Spain, Russia, Turkey, France, Lithuania and South Korea.
He was named the Tennessee Basketball All-Century Team in 2009, completed his UT degree in 2010, and was inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.