Tuesday , Apr , 24 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Lofton headed back to Tennessee for senior season

Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) – Guard Chris Lofton announced on Tuesday he
will return to the University of Tennessee for his senior season and will not
enter the NBA Draft.

Lofton led the Volunteers and the Southeastern Conference in scoring this past
season, averaging 20.8 points per game. He also led the league in three-
pointers per game (3.42).

“After reviewing my draft status, I have decided to remain at the University
of Tennessee for my senior year,” Lofton said. “According to the information
that we received from the NBA draft advisory committee I was not guaranteed to
be selected in the first round of this year’s draft. Because of this, I have
decided not to submit my name for the draft. I appreciate all of Coach (Bruce)
Pearl’s guidance throughout this process. Coming back for my senior year will
give me the opportunity to work on my game so I can become a better player.
There are also a lot of things that we can accomplish here as a team.”

Lofton, the Southeastern Conference player of the year, also announced that he
has been invited by USA Basketball to attend the trials for the 2007 Pan
American Games Team.