Report: Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes to announce he'll enter NBA Draft on Friday

by Apr 10, 9:59 PM

According to a report by CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish, Tennessee junior forward Jarnell Stokes will announce that he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft on Friday.

Stokes has scheduled a press conference for Friday afternoon.

Stokes averaged 15.1 points and 10.6 rebounds this season, boosting his draft stock with a strong performance in the NCAA Tournament, helping Tennessee to the Sweet 16.

Stokes is projected as a second-round pick.

Apr 11, 3:11 PM

Jarnell Stokes criticizes NCAA's economic model: It was 'hard to eat' at certain times

by Apr 11, 3:11 PM
Bob Donnan / Reuters

Upon announcing that he had decided to forego his final year of eligibility at Tennessee, power forward Jarnell Stokes also used Friday's press conference as a stage to do something that has become commonplace among college athletes of late: criticize the NCAA.

Per Grant Ramey of the Daily Times, Stokes - much in the same way Shabazz Napier did immediately after leading Connecticut to the national championship - ripped into the governing body, becoming the latest in an ever-increasing line to highlight the financial difficulties of college athletes.

The 6-foot-8 forward, projected at best to be taken late in the first round of the upcoming NBA draft, also touched on the continued debate over college athletes becoming unionized, in the wake of the events at Northwestern.

It's safe to say that Stokes will not be the last to air similar grievances.

Feature photo courtesy of Bob Donnan / Reuters

Apr 11, 1:21 PM

Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes declares for NBA Draft

by Apr 11, 1:21 PM

Jarnell Stokes confirmed Friday that he should now be referred to as a former member of the Tennessee Volunteers, announcing that he will indeed forego his final year of eligibility in favor of declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Stokes, who averaged 15.1 points and 10.6 rebounds this season while garnering First Team All-SEC honors, led the Volunteers to the Sweet 16, and leaves Knoxville with at least a share of 10 statistical program records.

To the surprise of nobody, Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin was full of praise for the 6-foot-8 forward.

"First of all, I think 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," Martin said. "I hope our fans will celebrate his career, because the growth and development he's shown over the past three years has really been impressive, and I'm proud of the player and man he's become. 

"I know this wasn't an easy decision for him, but his goal has always been to be a pro, and he's worked incredibly hard to put that goal within reach. We all support him and know he'll be a great representative of Tennessee basketball at the next level. It's my hope that he'll eventually return to Tennessee and graduate, and he knows we'll do everything we can to support him when that time comes."

Stokes appeared in 87 career games with the Volunteers, and etched his name in the team's history books with a number of impressive totals - particularly as a rebounder. 

Here's a sampling:

  • Offensive rebounding - 1st all-time (337)
  • Double-doubles - 4th all-time (40)
  • Total rebounding - 8th all-time (836)

Come the NBA Draft, Stokes is projected to come off the board in the second round, but his impressive display at the recently-completed NCAA Tournament could see him taken late in the opening round.