The way former Tennessee assistant and current Northwest Florida State coach Steve Forbes sees it, it takes a special kid to spurn University of Memphis basketball in favor of Tennessee.
"The city puts a lot of pressure on those kids to play for Memphis, and rightfully so," said Forbes, who recruited in Memphis often. "You have to be a pretty strong kid to tell your hometown that, 'I love you, but I don't wanna play here.' That's not easy for an 18-year-old young man to do."
So when Southwind alum Jarnell Stokes donned the orange cap last December, even though Memphis didn't have the scholarship room to take him as a midyear enrollee, it forced the age-old question to resurface: With Stokes in the fold, can Tennessee beat Memphis for prospects in the Tigers' backyard?
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