Harlem Globetrotters Showman Big Easy Lofton has been elected to the Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics Hall of Fame. He will be formally inducted on Oct. 5, 2013, during a ceremony in University Center’s Hall of Champions.
Big Easy was a two-time, first-team All-Southland Conference performer, leading Southeastern to a two-year record of 44-18, a pair of Southland Conference regular-season titles and a berth in the 2005 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. He finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in field goal percentage and is currently ranked among the career leaders in blocked shots, rebounding average and steals.
In his first season with the Lions in 2003-04, Big Easy helped Southeastern to a 20-9 record – its first 20-win season in over 30 years – while leading the Lions to the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time since they joined the league in the 1997-98 season. He grabbed a team-high 10.9 rebounds per game and pulled down a University Center-record 22 boards against Texas-San Antonio in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament.
As a senior in 2004-05, Big Easy led the Lions in rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots while being named to the Southland Conference All-Tournament team. He was part of the squad that won a school-record 24 games and made its lone appearance as a Division I school in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. His 60 steals during that season are the second-most in a single-season in school history.
Big Easy was named a member of the Southland Conference All-Decade Team for the 2000’s.