Lofton, a 6-foot-2 rising senior from Maysville, Ky., led the Southeastern Conference in scoring (20.8 points per game) and 3-pointers (3.42 per game) in 2006-07. He ranked fourth in free-throw percentage (81.1), fifth in 3-point percentage (41.9), seventh in overall field-goal percentage (47.9) and ninth in steals (1.45 per game). He was tabbed SEC Player of the Year and second-team All-America by The Associated Press. He was voted a third-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Lofton holds UT's program records for 3-pointers attempted in a game (18), made in a game (9), attempted in a season (261) and made in a season (114). He also holds records for single-game 3-point percentage (100, on 5-for-5 shooting) and single-season 3-pointers per game (3.8 in 2005-06).
The candidates also include: Jon Brockman (Washington), Brian Butch (Wisconsin); Josh Carter (Texas A&M), Mario Chalmers (Kansas), Sherron Collins (Kansas), Brandan Costner (North Carolina State), Eric Devendorf (Syracuse), Joey Dorsey (Memphis), Wayne Ellington (North Carolina), Randal Falker (Southern Illinois), James Gist (Maryland), Roy Hibbert (Georgetown), Maarty Leunen (Oregon), Derrick Low (Washington State), Wesley Matthews (Marquette), Eric Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth), Jerel McNeal (Marquette), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State), DeMarcus Nelson (Duke), Ahmad Nivins (Saint Joseph's), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova), Jon Scheyer (Duke), Bryce Taylor (Oregon), Kyle Weaver (Washington State) and D.J. White (Indiana).