Lofton is among five Southeastern Conference players on the ballot. Also in the hunt are LSU's Glen Davis and Florida's Taurean Green, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah. Interestingly enough, all five are juniors.
Lofton leads the SEC in scoring (20.6 points per game) and 3-point field goals (3.33 per game). He is fifth in 3-point percentage (41.9) and fourth in free-throw percentage (81.0).
Perhaps the greatest testament to Lofton's value is the fact Tennessee is 21-6 this season when he plays, just 1-3 when he does not.
Davis leads the league in rebounds (10.4 per game). He ranks third in scoring (17.8 points per game), third in minutes (35.15) and sixth in field-goal percentage (48.9).
Green leads the SEC in free-throw percentage (86.3). He ranks 12th in assists (3.45 per game) and 21st in scoring (13.0 points per game).
Brewer, a native of Portland, Tenn., ranks third among SEC players in steals (2.0 per game). He also averages 12.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Noah, projected by some as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft had he turned pro following his sophomore season, is averaging 12.2 points per game this season. He is sixth among SEC players in rebounds (8.1 per game) and seventh in blocked shots (1.71).