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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 CBSSports.com 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!"

CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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.
Comments

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Stokes announcing college choice Thursday

The kid is going to Memphis....bet on it. No way he's going to UL, he'd be nuts to go to a team that is second-fiddle in its own city (UK being BY FAR the most popular team in Jefferson County)......if he's serious about his game, and wants to develop around future NBA all stars he should go to UK.....but if he's just wanting to be a 10 point/5 rebound plain vanilla guy, maybe get a job selling cars in few years, Memphis is your place !!





Since: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Stokes announcing college choice Thursday

Come to Big Blue Nation , we could use another player , and if your grades are as good as the ysay ya dont need the scholarship this year . We will welcome ya




Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Stokes could announce Monday, enroll in January

wow.....glad i wasted my time to read this!




Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Stokes could announce Monday, enroll in January

As a point of clarification, the ruling by the TSSAA is nothing new. A friend of mine transferred high schools in Nashville in 1992, and even though he wasn't on the wrestling team at Father Ryan as a freshman in 1991-92, he wasn't allowed to wrestle for Hillwood in 1992-93 because he had transferred.




Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Stokes could announce Monday, enroll in January

Uhmmmmmm, DOUGH TARDS! 




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Stokes could announce Monday, enroll in January

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Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Stokes could announce Monday, enroll in January

As much as I'd love to see him at Kentucky, I think it is a forgone conclusion he ends up at Memphis.  I mean, with the magnitude of changes that he'd encounter, at least he'd still be in his hometown.  I believe the only way he makes any kind of successful transition to college at this late stage of the season would be if he stayed at Memphis.  Best of luck to him..



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Stokes could announce Monday, enroll in January

Memphis could use him this year.



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