Jarnell Stokes heads to Brazil with USA team

Jarnell Stokes will be in transit Tuesday from Colorado Springs to Brazil as a member of the USA Under 18 national basketball team.

Stokes, who will be a sophomore at Tennessee, made the 12-man roster announced Sunday.

The 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championships are held June 16-20 in Sao Sebastio do Paraiso, Brazil.

"I think we've got some balance, we've got some versatility, we can move guys to some different positions,'' U.S. coach Billy Donovan said in a release.

"The thing I've been most impressed with since we started is just their attitudes. It seems like we've got really good chemistry, they get along real well. They seem to be a cohesive group.''

Stokes is the only member of the squad with collegiate experience, due to his ability to graduate from high school in December and join UT's team in January.

Austin Nichols of Memphis, one of UT's priority recruiting targets, made the cut from 23 to 14 but not the 12-man travel squad to Brazil.

Richardson Home: Josh Richardson, another UT sophomore, is home from his Athletes In Action tour to Europe.

AIA went 6-0 on the trip.

After a few days at home in Edmond, Okla., Richardson will be back on campus by the weekend.

"As far as basketball, I think my decision-making got better,'' Richardson told utsports.com, "playing against pro guys.

"I learned how to keep a better attitude on the court and play through adversity."

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Comments » 13

kyvol98 writes:

Glad for Jarnell! Great experience for him.

Also glad that Josh had a great experience as well with AIA.

GerryOP writes:

Good job to both Jarnell and Josh! Is it unusual to get two different guys from the same team on two different int'l travel teams? I don't know, just curious.

underthehill writes:

No surprise here.. Stokes has rebounding instincts you don't learn..have to be born with em..a credit to himself, UT, and Coach Martin for him to make this team..

GreerVol22 writes:

don't drink the water!

LiveFaith writes:

Two young players getting some good experience. Love it.

Stokes is of course a beast. But, I enjoyed watching JR get experience this year. He should have a productive career at UT.

johnlg00 writes:

Congrats to both Josh and Jarnell! Their summer experiences should stand them in good stead when they are both wearing orange again, as long as they don't get burned out from playing and traveling all summer. But, heck, they are both young and strong, so hopefully they will sustain their enthusiasm through the upcoming season.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Billy D. will get a pretty good scouting report on Jarnell. Think he'll discover any weaknesses or flaws?

GerryOP writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

Billy D. will get a pretty good scouting report on Jarnell. Think he'll discover any weaknesses or flaws?

Really, lil' BillyD is a great coach when has 4-5 NBA draft picks starting for him. He doesn't have that this year.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Alright Stokes. Way to Go Josh too. Glad you're back Josh.
I think BD is a great coach. BUT he does coach the enemy. Jarnell don't listen to him if he says to keep your hands down on D!

Theo writes:

Congratulation Jarnell! What a great experience. I know the money is unfathomable in the NBA but memories truly make for a rich life. Enjoy the experiences of being a college kid/basketball player. You will never get the chance to go back.
Off the soap box and on to the future team - hope Jarnell had a chance to hang around Nichols and tell him how GREAT IT IS TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL.

keepitreal4vols writes:

It would be nice to know who the other 11 players are? Biased journalism perhaps???

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

Billy D. will get a pretty good scouting report on Jarnell. Think he'll discover any weaknesses or flaws?

He will not need a scouting report to know how hard it will be to stop Stokes. He already knows that and he was just barely 17 last year. He is only going to get better and that is enough to scare everyone in the SEC.

VolGrad writes:

Congrats to Stokes- way to represent!
Same to Richardson, and welcome back.

Looking forward to seeing these guys play this next season. Go Vols!!!

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