MEMPHIS — Jarnell Stokes may spend his senior year at a Memphis-area high school after all.
The highly rated 2012 forward prospect said Tuesday he is reconsidering his decision to transfer to basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., due to financial considerations.
"I don't know yet. The thing with Oak Hill is a financial situation," said Stokes, a 6-8, 245-pound power forward who spent his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons at Central High in Memphis.
"It's stuff like boarding, allowance and plane tickets. As far as going to the school, (Oak Hill) has got me (covered) on that. But it's still like $900 to $1,000."
Stokes was originally scheduled to visit Oak Hill this week, but has canceled that trip.
If he doesn't attend Oak Hill, Stokes said he will return to Central or attempt to transfer to Southwind High, which boasts another prized forward prospect in junior Johnathan Williams. Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools began classes Monday.
"Another option would be IMG Academy (in Bradenton, Fla.)," Stokes said.
Stokes, whom Rivals.com rates the No. 10 overall prospect in the class of 2012, has cut his college list to a top five of Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Tennessee and Memphis.
He averaged 17.2 points and 9.2 rebounds and shot 64 percent from the field as a junior at Central last season, leading the Warriors to a 21-7 regular-season record.
Stokes' YOMCA AAU team went 53-6 on the spring and summer circuit, advancing to the finals in both the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League at the Nike Peach Jam and the AAU 11th-grade Division 1 national tournament.
On Saturday, Stokes will participate in the Franchise Classic high-school all-star game in Manhattan, N.Y. Last weekend, he helped Team USA Midwest earn the Nike Global Challenge championship in Hillsboro, Ore., scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds in a 99-94 win over Team Canada.