Position: Power Forward
Birthdate: Jan. 7, 1994
Big-time offensive rebounder
Can score facing the basket
Rock-solid base—huge legs and feet; hard to root out of the post
Good shot blocker
He’ll have to prove he can score over length
NBA projection: Some analysts have started to place Stokes in their first-round projections.
Only three players in Division I averaged a double-double in conference play: Kentucky’s Julius Randle, Washington State’s D.J. Shelton and Stokes (15.1 ppg, 11.1 rpg). Stokes put together his best season in Knoxville, earning All-SEC first-team honors. After just two and a half seasons, Stokes ranks first in school history in offensive rebounds (337), eighth in rebounds (836) and 13th in blocked shots (94).
Key statistics: 15.1 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.1 tpg, 0.9 bpg, 32.4 mpg, .531 FG, .696 FT
Cool statistic: Stokes’ 45 assists in SEC play were the second most on his team (2.5 apg).
Reminds me of: Reggie Evans
What Insiders Say
Former Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin
“Jarnell is going to go down as one of the best big men to ever play at Tennessee—certainly one of the most dominant rebounders ever to wear the orange.”
What Outsiders Say
UMass forward Sampson Carter
“He has a big lower body. He has a strong upper body, but extremely big lower body, so he stands with his arms up, and it’s hard to get around. He does a good job out there. You can tell he’s been taught well.”