Jordan McRae announces he won't enter NBA draft

Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) defends against Alabama guard Trevor Lacey (5) during the quarterfinal round of the 2013 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Friday, March 15, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) defends against Alabama guard Trevor Lacey (5) during the quarterfinal round of the 2013 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Friday, March 15, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee guard Jordan McRae announced Saturday morning he will be "back in orange" for his senior season instead of entering his name for the NBA draft.

“I’m not ready for my experience at Tennessee to be over,” McRae said in an interview with Tennessee Sports Radio.

McRae said he based much of his decision on conversations with head coach Cuonzo Martin and advice coming from a conversation with a member of the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

McRae averaged 19.2 points per game in SEC play last season, garnering first team All-SEC honors.

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GerryOP writes:

Thanks Jordan ... good call! Another year under Coach 'Zo will make the NBA that much closer. Thanks!

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

Awesome! Thanks, Jordan - Vol Nation sure appreciates you!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Thank goodness, Jordan was just coming into his own last season and one more year will certainly benefit him in next year's draft. UT would have missed his offensive production as well..Good decision, Jordan.

TommyJack writes:

What about the other guy?

bUTch_please writes:

Thanks for choosing to grow with the team, Jordan.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to TommyJack:

What about the other guy?

Stokes?? He hasn't decided yet..However, I think he's gone.

GerryOP writes:

in response to TommyJack:

What about the other guy?

No news is no news. He has until April 16. http://www.cbssports.com/collegebaske...

tdvol1989 writes:

This was the right decision for him. He needs a little work and there is no shame in that. At least he has a shot.

The real celebration here should be that he avoided making a huge mistake and, instead, made a good decision. Come back, get a little stronger, work on the consistency, and improve the ball handling. Then, you may not only get drafted high, but actually be ready to play well and be successful. That is good for everyone.

BigOrangeSports writes:

in response to TommyJack:

What about the other guy?

Not a Basketball fan, huh?

1vavolfan writes:

Really not a lot of suspense here but glad Jordan is staying. It's great to see such a good kid find success. We stay after most home games and Jordan is always out signing autographs and talking to all of the kids while many of the players stay in the dressing room.

peerlessvolfan writes:

That is awesome! Thanks, Jordan!
Go Big Orange!

chipmurphy461 writes:

From a career standpoint, great decision. As a UT fan thank you for coming back.

SewaneeVolFan writes:

That's good for UT and good for McRae. I was impressed with his significant growth as a player, leader, and defender, but another year of that kind of growth will do nothing but help him as far as the next level is concerned.

SevenT writes:

Too bad he is coming back to play for Martin

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to SevenT:

Too bad he is coming back to play for Martin

No, UT Knoxville..Gees.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to SevenT:

Too bad he is coming back to play for Martin

Gotcha a little worried does it? Your statement reaks of fear and desperation! Ha, ha!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Stokes?? He hasn't decided yet..However, I think he's gone.

Can't see how the advisory committee would give Stokes better news than McRae.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Can't see how the advisory committee would give Stokes better news than McRae.

Agreed, I think he's listening to peer pressure from Memphis and ignoring the NBA talent evaluation team..

ivyvol writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Stokes?? He hasn't decided yet..However, I think he's gone.

Hope he stays and learns to speed up decision making and foot work.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

Stokes is somewhat of a complicated individual. When in HS he played at Memphis Central I think 2 yrs maybe more, then announced he was going to Oak Hill Academy for more national exposure, but then that didn't turn out well then he decided to enroll at Memphis Southwind, but the TSSAA didn't grant his elgibility to play so he finished up early so he could leave for college. So, knowing this if he announces his intent to go Pro I would not be shocked. But you have to think he needs another year to refine his low post skill set. Looking at his past track record in HS I would say stay tuned.

jt45 writes:

Glad to see he has decided to stick around. The Vols will need him next year to make it into post season play. Too many times these players end up getting played by the media and managers who only want to cash in on talent that isnt ready yet. Jordan needs more time and UT will need his experience next season.

thewalloffame#333843 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Too bad he is coming back to play for Martin

You my friend are quite sad.I have read many of your comments over time and you really should get out and get a life.You're pathetic.

Basketvol writes:

Good decision. I hope he has a great senior year and goes high in the 1st round of 2014.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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He reminds me more of Baby Davis, who will never be a superstar in the NBA..However, he could be a serviceable pro.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to ivyvol:

Hope he stays and learns to speed up decision making and foot work.

Me to..He's not ready..

Samuel_L_Salma_GataBait_HowBoutDemCowboys_BlueWaffles88 writes:

This guy reminds me of Durant... only several inches shorter.

VinylVols writes:

this is huge

tovolny writes:

Good news...this makes my day. This is good for all concerned, especially McRae.

smokeygrowl writes:

Stokes is not ready for the league. The NBA doesn't have time to teach basic fundamentals which Stokes lacks. Stokes has no offensive game other than lay ups and that little shot he takes couple of steps across the lane to shoot. that running shot he does. He could learn a lot with coaching next year.10 to 15 foot jumpers thousand per day please Jarnell.He has the talent just needs to polish it up. Awesome rebounder. Footwork and quickness work on it Jarnell. With Maymon back his stock should rise. Four players on next years squad will have a shot at NBA. Its been a while since we have had four players with a shot at the NBA on the floor at the same time.Martin should make the tourney no problemo. Sweet sixteen should be expected.

SevenT writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Gotcha a little worried does it? Your statement reaks of fear and desperation! Ha, ha!

No, I like the competition. If Stokes comes back for another year Tennessee will be very strong next season.

Lock that Up

hikerdude writes:

Good. But it won't make much difference. 20-10 again next year.

FanNotSheep writes:

If Stokes declares for the NBA he will be spending time in D-League. The reports I've read don't even have him showing up in the mock drafts -- not even 2nd round. And half the time late first rounders end up in Europe. I sure hope he isn't listening to the wrong people. It could cost him his future.

CoverOrange writes:

Of course, it won't matter one bit if McRae and Stokes comes back if Martin doesn't spend more time developing the offense.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to SevenT:

No, I like the competition. If Stokes comes back for another year Tennessee will be very strong next season.

Lock that Up

If everyone comes back, including Maymon, and they are not seeded in the top half of the NCAA tourney then I see no hope for Martin. Year four would be starting from scratch.

murrayvol writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Can't see how the advisory committee would give Stokes better news than McRae.

Potential.

There's lots of players like Jordan McRae who seek the NBA grail. Not many like Stokes.

murrayvol writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Stokes?? He hasn't decided yet..However, I think he's gone.

You may be right BB but he could use another year.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Samuel_L_Salma_GataBait_HowBoutDemCowboys_BlueWaffles88:

This guy reminds me of Durant... only several inches shorter.

Nobody reminds me of Durant.

trl_x writes:

Good decision by Jordan. Hopefully Jarnell exercises the same good judgement.

lstbodeanvol writes:

in response to Samuel_L_Salma_GataBait_HowBoutDemCowboys_BlueWaffles88:

This guy reminds me of Durant... only several inches shorter.

Flowers on a basketball story ?

lstbodeanvol writes:

in response to SevenT:

Too bad he is coming back to play for Martin

he wants to beat YOU again by 30 "ROBERT MORRIS BREATH" .....GO VOLS

rbwtn writes:

Stokes needs to stay at UT too. He has a lot to learn and one of the easiest things he has to learn is how to shoot the ball in the basket when under the goal. That's the first thing you learn when in Grade School. However he's looking at the Money and not the Education. Hope he will stay for his sake.

kyvol98 writes:

in response to RIGHTISBETTERTHANLEFT:

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MORE BS FORM A LOSER? Yeah, you prove that with every post you make.
On topic, he obviously doesn't associate himself with the idiots Hopson did. As for Stokes, a year with Maymon in the line-up will get him the stats to be noticed.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to murrayvol:

You may be right BB but he could use another year.

No doubt, but you know how these Shelby county kids are, they're pumping his ego up and telling him he's too good for college ball..I hope he'll come back, but I'm not sure Cuonzo can improve his game anymore. That may be why he's torn with his decision.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to RIGHTISBETTERTHANLEFT:

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You're insane...McRae was by far UT's best scorer last year and at times he was unstoppable. He needs some skills with the bb, and moving without the bb..That's it, one more year to get stronger and fine tune his game and he will be NBA ready.

madrigal writes:

Smart guy. He will be better with another year of refining his skills. And finishing his education, or at least getting close to that, isn't going to hurt him one bit. The only good thing I've heard out of the NCAA in years is in that ad featuring student-athletes that says "most of us go pro in something other than sports." Not everyone makes the big time and it's good to have a backup plan. I look forward to watching another year of Jordan!

jryevols#222657 writes:

Here it is plain and simple:

Stokes goes out he is looking at five 2-3 years developing in Europe at $200k a year+ insurance , with a 40% chance of NBA. If he stays at UT and developes his under the basket strength he goes next year or junior year at best 2nd round. Did you happen to see the monsters for the Cards and Michigan. Stokes would be setting on the bench on these squads.He is grat for UT , because we have no one else, Why is it so hard for every team in the country to get a 7'-0" player but us?

jryevols#222657 writes:

Lets bring Bruce back as head coach and let Martin stay on as his head assistant. Even at an assistant he wil not find a better opportunity. You want the dance ,you have to have someone that can get you to the prom....

flatrock writes:

in response to jryevols#222657:

Lets bring Bruce back as head coach and let Martin stay on as his head assistant. Even at an assistant he wil not find a better opportunity. You want the dance ,you have to have someone that can get you to the prom....

Bruce cheated and lied to his wife, kids. players, A,D., the NCAA. He recruited and coverd for one of the sorriest individuals in UT history (Ramar Smith) and he sat J. Maymon in favor of his son...Other than that, he was a heck of a guy. IMHO, he was made for TV...

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

I really hate to see him stick arround with all that money out there for him,plus when he gets to the big league he will have a coach

brod writes:

glad mcrae decided another year at ut is better than turkey. turkey can wait, nba can't. but he wasn't headed to the nba. also, he can have his senior day now which is a special moment for college players.

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