Jarnell Stokes practices, but held out of contact drills

Freshman Jarnell Stokes returned to practice on Thursday for the Tennessee men’s basketball team, but was held out of contact drills, according to coach Cuonzo Martin.

The freshman forward suffered a sprained right hand in what Martin called a “physical” practice Tuesday and dressed for but did not play in the Vols’ 69-57 win over South Carolina on Wednesday night.

Martin said Stokes could have played in an emergency situation against the Gamecocks but remains questionable for Saturday’s game at Florida.

The Vols (12-12, 4-5 SEC) play the eighth-ranked Gators (19-5, 7-2) at 4 p.m. on Saturday (TV: WVLT).

Stokes has averaged 23.5 minutes per game since joining the team on Jan. 9 after graduating early from Memphis’ Southwind High School and enrolling midterm.

Stokes is averaging 7.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game playing in the paint alongside junior Jeronne Maymon.

UT junior Kenny Hall stepped into the starting lineup in place of Stokes on Wednesday and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds while also blocking three shots.

Stokes did not play in the Vols’ first meeting with Florida, a 67-56 UT win in Thompson-Boling Arena on Jan. 7 in both teams’ SEC opener.

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I live in Florida and will be at the game in the Florida booster seats...ninth row/center court wearing my Volunteer Colors and annoying the heck out of every Gator in the arena!! I hope he plays and we get a HUGE upset!!! GBO!!!

Good for you, buddy! Wish I could be there with you. My impression is that Florida basketball fans are not as dangerously obnoxious as their football fans; I hope for your sake I am right! Hang in there, have fun, and send us home with a win. GO ZO!!! GO J-STO!!! GBO!!!

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