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Stokes announcing college choice Thursday

Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:58 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 12:04 am
By Gary Parrish

Jarnell Stokes, a high school prospect from Memphis, said on Tuesday that he will announce his college decision Thursday night, which is noteworthy because Stokes plans to enroll in college early and maybe play this season.

Stokes' list of possible destinations includes Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Memphis and Tennessee, but multiple sources have told that it's really down to just Florida, Memphis and Tennessee. The 6-foot-8 forward Tweeted Tuesday that he remains undecided.

"I'm saying my prayers 24/7," he Tweeted, "and waking up Thursday with an answer!" ranks Stokes at the 16th-best prospect in the Class of 2012, but he's not playing high school basketball this season because the TSSAA ruled him ineligible after he transferred from Central High to Southwind High. Consequently, Stokes started weeks ago exploring the possibility of graduating high school early and enrolling in college early. He told on Tuesday that that's exactly what he'll do, and when asked whether he wants to redshirt this season or play immediately Stokes said, "Of course I want to play."

That could be a problem for the hometown Tigers.

Memphis does not have a scholarship available for this season. And though Stokes could get enough financial aid and academic scholarship money to basically go to Memphis for free, he would almost certainly not be allowed to play at Memphis this season because he would be considered a "recruited walk-on" thanks to an official visit he took to Memphis earlier this year, and the NCAA does not allow "recruited walk-ons" to play in their first year on campus.

Meantime, Florida and Tennessee both have scholarships available. Multiple sources told that Gators coach Billy Donovan and Vols coach Cuonzo Martin have each made it clear to Stokes that he can play for them this season, and that is, again, something Memphis coach Josh Pastner simply cannot offer because of an obscure NCAA rule.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:45 pm

Stokes announcing college choice Thursday

it evidently isn't going to be Memphis

Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:03 pm

Stokes announcing college choice Thursday

Sounds like someone is butthurt.  You must not watch many basketball games.  Kentucky spreads the ball around and 9 guys can score 25+ points on any given night.  They spread the ball around to everyone on the court. 

He is not coming to Kentucky if he wants to play this year because he won't even step on the court unless its mop-up duty.  If he goes to Tennessee,  he will be there best player which is likely that is where he is headed.

Memphis will lose Pastner in a few years when he has few losing/mediocre seasons and Memphis will be back to Pre-Calipari years hoping to make the NIT every year.

And finally, most of the elite high school talent in Memphis will elect to play for other schools after the next few seasons.  Is Memphis even considered part of Tennessee?

Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:03 pm

Stokes announcing college choice Thursday

Why is this kid being made such a big deal. Maybe playing this year in college, give me a break...he is a high school kid who did not play ball this year and people expect him to come almost in the middle of the season to play...yeah whatever.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 7:27 pm

Stokes the attention hog

All this guy wants is attention, period. The guy has been on the twitter,radio show in Memphis, etc. Constantly acting as if he has not made up his mind, when most of us feel that he already has done so.

He is not going to UK, either - who would want to play second fiddle to a team that ignores post players. At UK the big guy plays def and rebounds while the guards do all the shooting. Now if he wants to watch from the bench this year, than UK is a perfect choice.  I do not believe he would contribute at all, and would struggle with the dribble drive offense.  Cal has his one big man, and that is all he wants.imho

Sadly, I do not believe that he is headed to Memphis. Word is that he is headed to UT. This is an ideal spot for him because he would play immediately. TN is thin across the board and he would get a lot of pt. I hope I am wrong, but this is what I have been told.

 All I can hope for is that the Tigers are lucky enough to get Tony Parker next year. Otherwise, all we get is two decent  recruits for 2012.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 7:18 pm

Stokes announcing college choice Thursday

I don't know the guy and neither do any of the rest of us.  But if he wanted to play for a great college program that needs some re-enforcement I would suggest UConn.  No offense to the other schools, but why play in the SEC where all the teams do is beat up on each other for bragging rights of the region?  Yes, multiple teams do qualify for the tournament every year, so it is almost moot where he goes.  But at least in Connecticut he gets a completelt different experience than what he is used to.  I don't kow which part of Memphis he is from, but a portion of that city is violent.  A lot of guys there don't exactly embrace basketball players' success.  At Connecticut he wouldn't be too far from New York and he could get the best of both worlds of a quiet college town and the biggest, best city in the country.  He can always come back to Memphis to visit.  Again it all depends on what kind of kid he is and what he prefers obviously.  Maybe he likes the Southern experience, which is often also nice.  I don't think Florida would be a good fit.  Either Kentucky (can't believe I am saying that and only because of Calipari).

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:48 pm

Stokes announcing college choice Thursday

Thats funny postings, second fiddle in its own city LOL.  I do believe that UL is still unbeaten and you lost to an unranked ( at the time) team.  Also the other poster, sure come to the big blue nation, you dont need a scholarship, you dont need money, heck Cal will take the test for you ( wouldnt be the first time) he will pay for your room and board.  No problem.

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:34 pm

Stokes announcing college choice Thursday

I don't think they offer NIT rings.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:14 pm

Stokes announcing college choice Thursday

Why shouldn't he bend the rules to play where he wants to play?
Sorry but what rule is he "bending"?  If he graduates from High School, he graduates --thus he is free to enroll in college and, assuming he qualifies academically, play ball.  Far as I know there is no age limit or rule that says you have to spend all 4 years in HS.  Bryce Harper didn't---GED then enrolled in college to start himself being eligible for the draft that much sooner.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:55 pm

Stokes announcing college choice Thursday

Why shouldn't he bend the rules to play where he wants to play?  That's what the great and unselfish Tim Tebow did in high school and that's why the FHSAA had to implement the "tebow rule" to make sure self-indulgent teenagers don't try to put themselves ahead of the sport. 

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:21 pm

Stokes announcing college choice Thursday

The team that needs you the most is Florida.  He will instantly bolster the only weak link on the Gator team which is size. The backcoourt at UF is arguably the best in the nation.  Add Stokes to the front line of Young and Murphy and the Gator Nation may see another championship this year.  GO GATORS!!!

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