Cuonzo Martin expects to talk to Jarnell Stokes today about draft status

Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes

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Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes

The tick tock of the clock atop Ayers Hall is counting down the minutes until Sunday. Those seconds might not mean much, unless you’re University of Tennessee sophomore Jarnell Stokes.

Sunday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2013 NBA draft on June 27.

Stokes, who has openly pursued inroads leading to the draft, has yet to announce whether he will return to UT or forego his last two years of eligibility.

Speaking with the News Sentinel late Friday morning, UT coach Cuonzo Martin said he will speak to Stokes on Friday afternoon and expects to learn a final decision.

“I think he probably knows what he wants to do and has probably known for a little while now,” Martin said. “It’s just a matter of when he’ll say it. So we’re getting together with him today to either set up a press conference or see how he wants to proceed with it. He might just want to go under the radar, just go about his business, if he’s not doing anything. If he’s doing something, he’ll probably want a press conference. We’ll talk today to see what he’s decided to do and then we’ll get it squared away.”

Martin said today won’t require a sit-down meeting. The two will speak by telephone before Martin embarks on weekend recruiting trips to Atlanta, Virginia and Mississippi.

Neither NBADraft.net nor DraftExpress.com, two widely used mock draft websites, project Stokes as being selected in the 2013 draft. DraftExpress lists Stokes as a mid-second-round pick in 2014 and ranks him as the 15th-best current college sophomore.

“He’s going to class and doing what he’s supposed to do,” Martin said. “I really think it’s 50-50. Until he says otherwise, that’s what it is from my viewpoint.”

Asked if an announcement should be expected by the end of Friday, Martin countered, “I wouldn’t say that. I think it’s how he wants to present it.”

Stokes was the Vols’ second-leading scorer (12.4 ppg) and leading rebounder (9.6 rpg) last season. He earned All-SEC second-team from both the league’s coaches and the media and notched 13 double-doubles over the season’s final 18 games.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn

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bosscat writes:

For his own sake, here's hoping he stays for at least another year.

BetsyVol writes:

Agree. He's a great player with a lot of potential, but I think his stock would rise with another year of college. A decent run in the NCAA tourney would be a big plus.

volahoma writes:

I want what is the very best for him, but I fear if he goes now we will never hear of him again. That is except from folks like me who troll the European, Middle Eastern, and South American pro BB websites.

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

Jarnell took one look at Cordelle Patterson's S&W Dinner jacket last night and can't say no to the Man any longer.. He wants one just like it, with sunglasses.

brokebackvol writes:

Agreed - he's very good, but not quite there yet. Another year in college, especially with Maymon hopefully returning 100%, and they could make a run for a title next season.

cobragolfer writes:

Could make a run for a title next year?... and make a decent run in the NCAA tournament? You folks are dreaming. If you want a title run, get a new coach. Sounds like Martin is going to be begging him to stay.

TheEffect writes:

Declaring for the NBA Draft? He has the same chance as McBee of getting drafted....zero. He is a four year player if there ever was one.

RunningWithTheVols writes:

Has no chance in the NBA, right now: plays below the rim and within 8 feet of basket. Needs a couple of more years to develop a Karl Malone type of game: 15-foot jumpers and running the floor with a top point guard.

ReeseHallRelic writes:

I have it, on inside information from very informed, highly-placed sources, that Jarnell Stokes will forego his remaining college eligibility and declare for the NBA draft.

Book it!

ReeseHallRelic writes:

I have it, on inside information from very informed, highly-placed sources, that Jarnell Stokes will forego the NBA draft and remain at Tennessee.

Book it!

ReeseHallRelic writes:

Hey, that was kinda fun. Now I can claim to be a wizard at prognostication like the idiots on here who know it all. "See? I called it!"

wagee12 writes:

Anybody got Scotty Hopson's phone number over across the Pond in case Jarnell declares? Shirley he is smart enought to see that he should come back for one more year of seasoning.

vols_fan_n_tx writes:

He is smart enough....and don't call him Shirley.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Most popular opinions suggest he should stay another year and pick up some more toughness, experience, and maybe develop a little jump shot.

But $$$$$$$$$$$$ is usually the big temptation.

volfan2002 writes:

It is a quite simple decision. He can return and have an opportunity to go in the first or second round next season or he can leave now and not get drafted in either of those rounds. He might catch on with a team or he definitely can play in a foreign country. So best of luck to him whatever he decides.

lstbodeanvol writes:

come on back and beat Kentucky again

xanga writes:

im just glad mcbrick is gone...

vol98champ writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

Most popular opinions suggest he should stay another year and pick up some more toughness, experience, and maybe develop a little jump shot.

But $$$$$$$$$$$$ is usually the big temptation.

I must be missing something. There are no NBA $$$$$ for those who aren't drafted. JS is not going to be drafted. Sure, he can get $$ for playing overseas, but basically his only chance of making $$$$$ is to develop his game. JS is intelligent. Does he need $$ that badly?

LSG410EC83 writes:

Would love to see him come back and believe it would help him in the long run. However, we all need to put ourselves in his shoes. He will make more in a couple of years than most will make in a lifetime. This is going to be an ongoing problem until the powers to be decide to make them play out their scholarship. Everyone wants a 4 or 5 star player knowing good and well the chances of them staying are low. Happy when we get them, but mad when they opt to leave early. Hope he makes a decision that will best serve him, not me. If he goes or if he stays, it is still GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. And concerning Skylar, thanks for the years of hustle you showed on the court and the many great things you did off the court. So sad that people can't remember the good things you did. Wish you the best in what you do. Class of 83

tnvol34 writes:

Big mistake, Jarnell, if you go now! you are no ready yet! Stay in school and develope your game!

BlueManToo writes:

I agree that JS, and most college b-ball players would benefit from another year of college. But I think JS, and others, have a situation we do not see every year. They could come back to school, improve their game and end up being drafted lower than this year, or not at all. That is because next year's incoming freshman class is one of the most talented in history. I think we are seeing a lot of marginal players declare for the draft because they do not want to compete with next year's class for a draft spot. in the end, it will matter not what we fans or sportswriters think. The only thing that will matter is what the player thinks is best for he and his family. And I guess that is not a bad thing after all.

wigmeister writes:

He is not ready. There is no big money for players that are predicted to go in the second round or later. Needs to learn better footwork. Needs to learn so many things that would make him an elite player. He doesn't have those things, and at this stage of development, that type of player spends most of his time on the bench, or being cut. He didn't even make 1st team all star in his conference. In high school, your size makes you BMOC. In college you are just one of a bunch of good players. In the pros, you are nothing to the best in the world. He can't be that stupid. Gotta stay and build your draft status so you can make the real $$.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

He really needs to stay and develop his offensive skill set. His low post game is no where ready for the NBA. Just my assessment, but if several Draft sites doesn't have him in it then it's a no brainer. I think he stays.

born2ride writes:

He is gone and making another bad decision. Stokes will be playing in Turkey next year.

We are better off without him. He played good his freshman year but dropped way off.

If he does not want to be a Vol... Good Riddance.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to vol98champ:

I must be missing something. There are no NBA $$$$$ for those who aren't drafted. JS is not going to be drafted. Sure, he can get $$ for playing overseas, but basically his only chance of making $$$$$ is to develop his game. JS is intelligent. Does he need $$ that badly?

Hope you're right. It would be nice to see what the team would be looking like with both Stokes and Maymon plus a few helpers..........

born2ride writes:

Stokes is holding a press conference at 11:00 am on Saturday to probably announce he is leaving. Why else have a press conference?

underthehill writes:

If he does not stay at UT ..I have been 100% wrong..I think he..and his parents are intelligent people..Stokes is not ready to make a roster in the NBA..he could be later because of the potential he has to be a strong role player ..rebounder..

golfman1975 writes:

I think he will go if he doesn't stay...but may stay and not go.

ReeseHallRelic writes:

in response to born2ride:

Stokes is holding a press conference at 11:00 am on Saturday to probably announce he is leaving. Why else have a press conference?

Why don't you ask Peyton Manning?

ReeseHallRelic writes:

in response to born2ride:

He is gone and making another bad decision. Stokes will be playing in Turkey next year.

We are better off without him. He played good his freshman year but dropped way off.

If he does not want to be a Vol... Good Riddance.

Well, born2bewrong, guess you're looking pretty stupid 'bout now.

Or I should say, more stupid.

ReeseHallRelic writes:

in response to mempuss:

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Who would have guessed: false information coming from a Facebook page...

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