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Chris Lofton
SI Rank
1
Position: Class:
Sr
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6'2, 200

BIOGRAPHY: Not until recently did Lofton reveal he underwent treatment for testicular cancer following his junior season. Though he said he did not want his situation to be a distraction to his Volunteer teammates and only divulged this information now because it might help other people, it is possible this decision could help him get drafted. His scoring average dipped by more than five points to 15.5 per game as a senior, but a big reason for that drop-off could have been because he was so weakened by treatments during the offseason that he was unable to prepare as he usually would. He hit 34.5 percent from the field through Tennessee's first 17 games this season as he tried to regain his shooting touch, then shot 48.2 percent and averaged 18.9 points over the final 16 games of the regular season. A poor performance in the 2008 NCAA tournament, though, did not help his cause as he averaged 9.7 points and shot 21.2 percent. Another knock on Lofton is his smallish stature for a shooting guard and it seems unlikely he could play the point at the next level with his limited passing skills, having averaged 1.7 assists for his college career. His lack of size and quickness could make him a defensive liability in the NBA. A second-team All-American as a junior and third-teamer as a senior, Lofton is clearly among the best pure shooters available and is the SEC's all-time leader with 431 3-pointers.

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