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After getting advice, Vols' Lofton likely staying put

Updated: April 23, 2007, 9:18 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Tennessee junior guard Chris Lofton was evaluated by the NBA's draft advisory committee as a middle second-round pick and as a result coach Bruce Pearl doesn't anticipate Lofton will declare for the NBA draft.

Pearl said the NBA's Stu Jackson informed him and Lofton that he wasn't on the first-round bubble. An official statement from Lofton is expected later this week.

"So, that's not where he's at and he's excited about coming back [to Tennessee]," Pearl said. "It's a good decision."

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