Sad for Hog and Tiger fans but Jarnell Stokes signs with Vols

Jarnell's mother Shunta Stokes said his college decision was 'solely up to him. I support his decision wholeheartedly, he's the one that has to attend the school, not me. His dad and I are behind him 100%.'

Photo by Justin A. Shaw, Special to the News Sentinel

Jarnell’s mother Shunta Stokes said his college decision was “solely up to him. I support his decision wholeheartedly, he’s the one that has to attend the school, not me. His dad and I are behind him 100%.”

Yesterday when I got in the car at 6pm I turned the radio to 103.7 the buzz in Little Rock to listen to Drive Time Sports with Randy Rainwater and his guest was Ron Crawford the basketball expert from Arkansas AAU fame. Ron knows a lot of people and I respect his views tremendously. If there is any piece of information concerning breaking news then Ron Crawford will be on top of it.

Many of the razorback faithful were calling in and asking who Jarnell Stokes will sign with at 6:30pm and Ron said, “All of my sources tell me he is going to Tennessee.”

I read yesterday that Stokes has a brother currently a student at Tennessee and I knew that Bruce Pearl had Stokes locked up earlier. However, after Pearl’s firing I wondered if the other schools had a chance. I read that both Mike Anderson of Arkansas and Josh Pastner of Memphis had made great impressions on Stokes, and  of course, it was just assumed that John Calipari with his personality would make an impression.

Below you can read from the Knoxville Newspaper the result:

Jarnell Stokes picks Vols says ‘I’m going to be pushing to play’

No. 11 player in nation

  • By John Varlas, Memphis Commercial Appeal
  • govolsxtra.com
  • Posted December 22, 2011 at 8 p.m., updated December 22, 2011 at 10:53 p.m.

COLLIERVILLE — Jarnell Stokes’ roller-coaster senior season officially ended Thursday when he completed the schoolwork that allowed him to graduate early.

Next stop: Knoxville.

Stokes, the would-be Southwind High School basketball standout, announced his decision to play for Tennessee on Thursday during a press conference at Fino Villa restaurant.

He said he chose UT over Memphis, Arkansas, Kentucky and Florida and will be eligible to play immediately, pending his enrollment for the spring semester and clearance from the NCAA.

“Honestly, the decision was so back-and-forth,” Stokes said. “(Memphis) coach (Josh) Pastner called me on the first day he got the job. It’s going to be hard to leave the city that I love best but it’s time to grow up and be a man.

“I walk by faith and not by sight. And with prayer comes answers.”

Playing time was almost certainly a key factor for the 6-foot-8, 255-pounder, who was regarded as the nation’s No. 11 prospect when he was still in the class of 2011. Stokes would have had to sit out the remainder of the season had he chosen Memphis because the Tigers don’t have a scholarship to offer.

“I’m ready to play,” he said. “I’m not gonna lie. I’m going to be pushing to play.”

Stokes, who transferred to Southwind from Central last summer, was ruled athletically ineligible at Southwind by Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association executive director Bernard Childress in August because of transfer rules.

His hardship appeal to the TSSAA Board of Control was denied last month, leaving him ineligible to play his senior season at Southwind.

“I don’t regret anything about sitting out,” Stokes said. “If anything, it just showed me how much I really love basketball.”

Stokes drew plenty of laughs in his opening remarks, talking about how he grew from a “goofy kid with an Afro” who excelled in chess into one of the nation’s top prospects.

“It’s surreal for me to be standing here,” he said.

He also drew chuckles with his thoughts on Kentucky coach John Calipari.

“I know a lot of people around here don’t think highly of him, but he’s actually a very engaging guy,” Stokes said.

At UT, Stokes will be reunited with former Central teammate Cameron Clear, who played in all 12 games for the football team this past season as a freshman tight end.

© 2011 govolsxtra.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

 

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Photo by Justin A. Shaw, Special to the News Sentinel

I love Memphis, Memphis is my home, but it’s time for me to become a man”, Jarnell Stokes. Stokes said he’ll be majoring in finance once a UT student.

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'I prayed heavily on this decision and God answered me. I liked the coaching staff at UT, their faith in God appealed to me. I feel like being a volunteer will be the next best step for me. To me, my hard work and work ethic, wherever I go I see success', Jarnell StokesPhoto by Justin A. Shaw, Special to the News Sentinel

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Southwind High School senior Jarnell Stokes stood before family, friends, and media as he told them he prepared to continue higher education and basketball at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.Photo by Justin A. Shaw, Special to the News Sentinel

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Southwind High School senior Jarnell Stokes stood before family, friends, and media as he told them he prepared to continue higher education and basketball at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.Photo by Justin A. Shaw, Special to the News Sentinel

Southwind High School senior Jarnell Stokes stood before family, friends, and media as he told them he prepared to continue higher education and basketball at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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