MEMPHIS - Highly-rated power forward prospect Jarnell Stokes will announce his college plans Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Fino Villa in Collierville.
The 6-8, 255-pound Stokes graduated from Southwind High last week, and plans to enroll in January at either Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee or the University of Memphis.
Stokes, whom Rivals.com rated the No. 11 overall prospect nationally when Stokes was still part of the Class of 2012, can play this season for a school that has an athletic scholarship available once he's attending classes and is cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Memphis, however, does not have an athletic scholarship for Stokes, who could practice with the Tigers this spring if he enrolls in January but wouldn't be eligible to play until the fall of 2012.
His father, Willie Stokes, said four of the six schools his son is considering — Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida and Tennessee — have athletic scholarships available for him in January.
Willie Stokes said by text Tuesday afternoon that his son had already made his decision. However, later Tuesday, Stokes' father retracted that statement, saying his son hadn't yet made up his mind.
Stokes, who transferred to Southwind from Central High last summer, was ruled athletically ineligible at Southwind by Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association executive director Bernard Childress in August due to 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.