Lofton Draws UA Looks

Arkansas may have scholarship for hot shooter if Al Jefferson turns professional.

Chris Lofton, a 6-1, 180-pound senior combo guard from Mason County High and possibly the best player in Kentucky this season, is indeed now involved with Arkansas.

He is a terrific shooter, but all indications are that he will end up at Louisville if he gets offered a scholarship.

Right now, Louisville hasn't because Sebastian Telfair has not made a decision on whether he is turning pro or not.

If he doesn't, then maybe Lofton gets that scholarship or so he hopes.

Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Cincy, Georgia and Miami-Ohio are others in the mix for him.

Lofton hit 9 of 12 3-pointers in the final while leading his team to the state championship last year in Kentucky.

He had 39 points in that 86-65 win over Louisville Ballard and the 9 3-pointers in a single game tied the state record by former Kentucky player Richie Farmer.

He is averaging 22.1 points and 6.1 rebounds this season.

Arkansas will not have a scholarship to offer unless Al goes pro, but they are putting themselves in position to get a shooter should he make a decision early.

Al has not told the Hogs one way or the other, except to indicate if he was a top half pick he would go.

It is obvious that Lofton will have an idea about Arkansas' needs and a possible scholarship offer by the time the early signing period rolls around.

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