Two Ex-Vols Given Second NBA Chance By Former Coach

Don NortonCorrespondent IJune 30, 2008

The NBA Draft is over and done with, and former Tennessee Volunteer Chris Lofton did not hear his named called.

An All-American, Lofton was deemed by scouts as too short and too slow to defend the two spot, and not quick enough to play the point. Former Volunteer All-American and SEC Player-of-the-Year Ron Slay went undrafted in 2003 and has been bouncing around the Development League and European leagues since.

This, however, is not the end of these former stars' NBA dreams.

These two have been given a second chance by a man they once called coach. Former Volunteer coach Buzz Peterson now serves as director of player personnel for the Charlotte Bobcats. Charlotte has expressed interest in Lofton, and has invited him to their NBA Summer League team and also have reportedly arranged for Ron Slay to come in for a workout with the team. A interesting development for a coach who was fired by Tennessee in 2005 after going 61-59 with no NCAA appearances.

Peterson is still helping two of his former players even though he was ousted as their coach.