"I am excited that Jarnell is returning for his junior season," said Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin. "This is very exciting news for our team and the entire Tennessee family."
Stokes, a 6-foot-8 forward, was projected as a second-round pick this June, at best, because he's considered an undersized post player at the NBA level. That said, the Memphis native is a high-level college player, one who averaged 12.4 points and 9.6 rebounds this season while shooting 52.8 from the field. His return -- along with the return of Jordan McRae and Trae Golden plus the addition of McDonald's All-American Robert Hubbs -- ensures the Vols will be a part of the preseason Top 25 (and one).