By Jeff Goodman
Jarnell Stokes won't make his debut in his hometown of Memphis this week. In fact, the talented big man may not see his first college action for a couple weeks.
Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin told CBSsports.com that even if Stokes, a Memphis native who is enrolling in college early, gets through the NCAA clearinghouse, he won't play against the Tigers on Wednesday night in Memphis.
"We need to get him acclimated, adjusted and comfortable," Martin told CBSSports.com. "There's no reason to rush him."
Martin said it's unlikely Stokes would play until Jan. 12 at the earliest.
Martin doesn't want to throw his talented Memphis native -- who committed last week and will enroll in college early -- to the wolves.
Stokes, who graduated from high school in 3 1/2 years, is still waiting to be officially admitted to school and cleared by the NCAA. But the schedule is daunting for the big man with hometown Memphis this week, followed by Florida on Jan. 7, at Mississippi State on Jan. 12 and Kentucky on Jan. 14.
If that's the case, he might want to wait to play him until Jan. 18 in Athens against Georgia.