Lofton, Pearl honored

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) has honored a pair of Tennessee players and their head coach in the organization's 2005-06 Men's All-District Teams that were announced this afternoon.

Bruce Pearl, who has led Tennessee to a 21-6 record and the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division championship this season, was named the USBWA All-District IV Coach of the Year. Pearl directed the Vols to a 12-4 SEC record that included a 9-1 mark against the SEC?s Eastern Division.

Sophomore guard Chris Lofton, who is leading the Vols with 17.5 points and has broken the school record with 103 3-pointers this season, was named the USBWA All-District IV Player of the Year. A native of Maysville, Ky., Lofton is shooting 45.8 percent from 3-point range and is leading the SEC with 3.81 3-pointers per game.

C.J. Watson, a senior guard who is second on the team with 15.0 points while leading the Vols with 4.2 assists per game, was named to the USBWA All-District IV team. A four-year starter for Tennessee, the Las Vegas native is second in the SEC with 2.07 steals per game and is third with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.04.

The USBWA All-District teams are based on voting from its national membership. There are nine regions from coast to coast and a player and coach of the year are selected in each. UT's district includes Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.


Coach of the Year

Bruce Pearl, Tennessee

Player of the Year

Chris Lofton, Tennessee G 6-2 197 So. Maysville, Ky.

All-District Team

C.J. Watson, Tennessee G 6-2 176 Sr. Las Vegas, Nev.

Rodney Carney, Memphis F 6-7 205 Sr. Indianapolis, Ind.

Joakim Noah, Florida F/C 6-11 227 So. New York, N.Y.

Ronald Steele, Alabama G 6-3 185 So. Birmingham, Ala.

Taurean Green, Florida G 6-0 177 So. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Rajon Rondo, Kentucky G 6-1 171 So. Louisville, Ky.

Taquan Dean, Louisville G 6-3 185 Sr. Red Bank, N.J.

Shan Foster, Vanderbilt F 6-6 200 So. Kenner, La.

Jermareo Davidson, Alabama F 6-10 220 Jr. Atlanta, Ga.

Guillermo Diaz, Miami G 6-2 192 Jr. San Juan, Puerto Rico

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