Lofton tabbed midseason A-A

Junior guard Chris Lofton of Tennessee is among 30 players named Tuesday to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason All-American Team. All 30 players are under consideration for this season's player of the year award.

According to a Wooden Award news release, the midseason list is based on individual player performance and team records during the first half of the season.

A 6-2 junior guard from Maysville, Ky., Lofton leads the Southeastern Conference in scoring at 21.5 points per game but has missed the past two games due to a sprained ankle.

Lofton is among six SEC players on the Midseason All-America team. Three Florida Gator juniors made it – 6-11 Joakim Noah, 6-8 Corey Brewer and 6-2 Taurean Green. LSU's 6-9 Glen Davis and Kentucky's 6-11 Randolph Morris also rank among the 30 honorees.

Five non-conference players Tennessee has faced this season also made the list. They are 6-9 freshman and Nashville native Brandan Wright (North Carolina), 6-9 sophomore Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina), 6-9 freshman Kevin Durant (Texas), 7-foot freshman Greg Oden (Ohio State) and 6-8 senior Mario Boggan (Oklahoma State).

All told, the 30-man Wooden list consists of 12 seniors, 10 juniors, five sophomores and three freshmen.

Players who do not make the midseason list are still eligible for the national ballot, which will be selected in March and will consist of approximately 20 players. More than 1,000 sports writers and recognized basketball experts will vote on the 10-man Wooden A-A team. A 10-member women's All-America team also will be selected.

The men's and women's A-A teams will be announced Tuesday, March 27. The award ceremony - including the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award to recipient Gene Keady of Purdue - will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 7, 2007. The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university's general scholarship fund

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