Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes to announce intentions Saturday

Alabama guard Retin Obasohan (32) heads to the basket as Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament, Friday, March 15, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Alabama guard Retin Obasohan (32) heads to the basket as Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament, Friday, March 15, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Will he stay or will he go?

The time has come for an answer.

With the NBA deadline for early entrants to declare for the 2013 draft looming Sunday, Tennessee sophomore Jarnell Stokes is scheduled to make an announcement at 11 a.m. on Saturday. He will meet with the media in the lobby of the men’s basketball offices inside Thompson-Boling Arena to announce whether he will return to UT or forego his last two years of eligibility.

Coach Cuonzo Martin, making weekend recruiting trips to Atlanta, Virginia and Mississippi, is unlikely to be on hand. He’s one of the few who know Stokes’ answer, though.

Martin told the News Sentinel he planned to talk with Stokes on Friday afternoon to learn his decision.

“We’re getting together with him today to either set up a press conference or see how he wants to proceed with it,” Martin said Friday in an interview prior to the announcement of Saturday’s press conference. “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.”

Stokes was the Vols’ second-leading scorer (12.4 ppg) and leading rebounder (9.6 rpg) last season.

Neither NBADraft.net nor DraftExpress.com, two widely used mock draft websites, project Stokes as being selected in the 2013 draft.

“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.”

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reidtownriverrat writes:

Getting bags packed heading over seas.

BolivrBob writes:

He's gone or why all the drama. Big mistake!

CoverOrange writes:

Omen of a picture? Shows Stokes being scored on and being fouled at the same time.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to reidtownriverrat:

Getting bags packed heading over seas.

I agree with BQ that it is about 50-50 whether Stokes returns or not. It is also possible, as you say, that he might go to Europe. A third possibility, although a more remote one, is that a particular NBA has told him that they will draft him in the first round, even if he is not rated on the various mock draft sites. Some team, most likely a pretty good one, may well decide that they can afford to nurture him for awhile, perhaps by sending him to the Developmental League, before expecting a great contribution from him. As I said, I think that is a remote possibility, but it would account for the fact that he was apparently still considering leaving two weeks past the NCAA "deadline" and yet doesn't appear on the mock draft boards. I will still have my fingers crossed that he will stay until 11:00 AM Saturday!

born2ride writes:

See ya, traitor.

62vol writes:

I do not follow the pro draft so I do not know why Stokes has not announced his decision. What advantage does a player who is planning to return to school have by not announcing his intentions. Martin must know if Stokes is coming back so why doesn't he tell.
What are they doing? Did those big shoes he wears get back-ordered?

Classof72 writes:

Whatever. The Vols can probably make the NIT without Stokes. He's more than welcome to stay, and best wishes if he goes.

volnsc writes:

I love this guy and only want the best for him but I think most everyone feels he needs at leaset one more year or even two to be ready for the NBA. I really don't think he is even ready for European BB. But he has to follow his heart, right or wrong. Hoping he'll stay, enhance his chances, and help the Vols to the big dance next year. They could be special.

cltvol writes:

Its a business,,there's money to be made. To quote Remo from Casino 'Why take the chance?"

cltvol writes:

in response to born2ride:

See ya, traitor.

Nonsense,,,He's as loyal to UT as they would be to him. This is business.

ChadBTindell writes:

I hope he stays. It doesn't sound like the pros are calling. But, Stokes knows more than me or anyone posting on this site. It's his decision.

I recall a nice press conference by a great quarterback several years back. I hope No. 5 has a presser like No. 16.

Go Vols! It could be a special year next year. Don't miss it Jarnell.

SevenT writes:

Calipari was ready to take Stokes to Kentucky. If Stokes had made the right decision and gone to Kentucky, Cal would have developed his talent and he would be NBA ready. Tennessee has been a career killer for Stokes.

Just Saying

1vavolfan writes:

Don't know why there would be a press conference unless he is going. Surprised that he has taken this long. Quinn states he is projected to be drafted, perhaps this is true but there is no guaranteed money unless you are drafted in the 1st round.

This would be a disaster for UT, I expect the downward spiral to occur when all of Pearl's recruits graduate after next year. If Stokes is gone it will happen next year. UT would lose Hall, Yemi, and Stokes in the post. Who knows how Maymon will play with what may still be a bum knee. The Pops kid you koolaid drinkers are so high on may be UT's top post player. What a laugh.

martvol writes:

Last time I saw Coach Cal in person he was walking off the court a 30 pt. loser.

Just sayin'. lol

CoverOrange writes:

If he’s doing something, he’ll probably want a press conference.

That's your answer. Martin knows his players mentality.

tovolny writes:

I am surprised that he is even being considered as an NBA prospect. At this point, he is just not ready, and he is just too much of a kid. There are probably five ACC teams and five Big East teams that he would not be a starter. He has potential, no doubt, but he has not played against quality players enough to know what big time basketball is all about. I LOVE THE KID, I really do...but he could develop better in college than in Europe. I wish him the best.

volman2008 writes:

in response to cltvol:

Nonsense,,,He's as loyal to UT as they would be to him. This is business.

are you a cat fan

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to SevenT:

Calipari was ready to take Stokes to Kentucky. If Stokes had made the right decision and gone to Kentucky, Cal would have developed his talent and he would be NBA ready. Tennessee has been a career killer for Stokes.

Just Saying

Why do you kid yourself? Cal has never developed anyone.He gets the one and done players and has final four taken away. The only thing he has developed is a bad reputation.He is scum,just like you.

Wauconda_Vol writes:

Jarnell: Don't make me burn a mattress in the street.

chattabluetick writes:

If going to NBA he is making a mistake. He is not big enough to play power forward and he is too slow and does not posess the outside shot he would need to play the small forward position. He would do well to stay and develop his game further. I remember Marcus Haislip leaving early a few years back. He made a team but sat the bench 2 or 3 years and was out of basketball unless he is playing overseas. He was 6'11" with a legitimate shot at being a power forward. Hey even Peyton Manning called a press conference to announce he was returning for his senior season. GBO

jt45 writes:

Whatever he decides I wish him the best. Stokes has presented himself with class while at UT. Never trash talking and always humble, he will mature into a better player very quickly. He helped put a beatdown on calipari,s kitty,s just like he promised. And with very little College experience he has had to take the lead role inside with Maymon out. And regardless if he stays or goes fans should try and wish him the best. He is a Vol and deserves nothing less.

TheFuj writes:

I hope he does stay as well. Good player but not great. I am no NBA scout, but right now his game just does not look like NBA material.
Cannot shoot consistently.
Free throws--50%
Rebounds good, but really only because of his big body and strong hands. Not technique. In the NBA, there are many big bodies with quicker feet.
Then, more important--he is still learning the game.

67classut writes:

If I were Stokes I would examine the possibility of being an NFL prospect in two years and would talk to Butch Jones. His upside in football could be far greater.

bigdisbig writes:

in response to SevenT:

Calipari was ready to take Stokes to Kentucky. If Stokes had made the right decision and gone to Kentucky, Cal would have developed his talent and he would be NBA ready. Tennessee has been a career killer for Stokes.

Just Saying

Your postings continue to prove your infantile thinking. Calapari is a great recruiter but a terrible coach. You really are laughable for your posts continue to show that you need to get a life. Did your daddy leave you when you were very young and you have something to prove in life?

claiborneh writes:

So much potential but currently overrated. Not an elite college player Why NBA talk or even overseas. Very polite and grounded kid. I hope he is getting proper advice and family and handlers have $s in their eyes because he is not close to ready

VolzsFan writes:

in response to tovolny:

I am surprised that he is even being considered as an NBA prospect. At this point, he is just not ready, and he is just too much of a kid. There are probably five ACC teams and five Big East teams that he would not be a starter. He has potential, no doubt, but he has not played against quality players enough to know what big time basketball is all about. I LOVE THE KID, I really do...but he could develop better in college than in Europe. I wish him the best.

Funny how perception is. The ACC has been horrible for many years in the tournament. You could count the good wins that entire conference has on one hand in the past 5 years. Take UNC and Duke out of it and they are the Atlantic Sun. Check their records. Historically they have the same number of National Titles as the SEC. The ACC has been a joke for a long time....outside of those big 2 and they are a laughingstock.

chipmurphy461 writes:

Stokes your press conference should be about you becoming a better basketball player by staying at UT. For every lottery pick or no name that has succeeded in the NBA there's exponentially more that have failed. I'm sure most would agree that you have the potential to be an NBA player, but the NBA is a now league that signs a veteran who has reached their potential to a two week contact just to fill in for an injured player. Use next year at UT to get better, if nothing else call Scotty Hopson and see if he might have made a different decision given a second chance. I hope everything works out for UT and Stokes no matter his decision, just please let it be a highly informed, well thought out decision.

SIMSVOL writes:

He's staying. No need for the presser otherwise.
Manning held a big press conference to announce he was staying. Stokes is doing the same, with the school hosting the event. Good choice. Go VOLS!

underthehill writes:

in response to tovolny:

I am surprised that he is even being considered as an NBA prospect. At this point, he is just not ready, and he is just too much of a kid. There are probably five ACC teams and five Big East teams that he would not be a starter. He has potential, no doubt, but he has not played against quality players enough to know what big time basketball is all about. I LOVE THE KID, I really do...but he could develop better in college than in Europe. I wish him the best.

Same here..and the drama serves no good purpose..from Martin or Stokes..

voloffaith writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

His name is Stokes lil boy....you want respect many ways you can attain....1. Go to your chomper site and stay, 2. Go to your chomper site and stay,3. Go to........

JSmith525 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Calipari was ready to take Stokes to Kentucky. If Stokes had made the right decision and gone to Kentucky, Cal would have developed his talent and he would be NBA ready. Tennessee has been a career killer for Stokes.

Just Saying

Come on man! You can do better than this. Your trolling has taken a down turn lately. You need to spice it up. You have been very disappointing. Here is an instructional video for you. I expect more from you! Only deticated Trolls can survive in this dog eat dog internet world. Now, go go go troll troll troll!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMEe7J...

8ball writes:

Sevendust how stupid can you be about basketball. calcheat has best players in US and he's won one title I say one title in all his years of coaching. Wade Houston would have won 5 titles.

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to JSmith525:

Come on man! You can do better than this. Your trolling has taken a down turn lately. You need to spice it up. You have been very disappointing. Here is an instructional video for you. I expect more from you! Only deticated Trolls can survive in this dog eat dog internet world. Now, go go go troll troll troll!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMEe7J...

That video is awesome. Should be required viewing for anyone who dares to post on GoVolsXtra. And, I don't mean that with any irony or snarkiness whatsoever. Hah!

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I agree with BQ that it is about 50-50 whether Stokes returns or not. It is also possible, as you say, that he might go to Europe. A third possibility, although a more remote one, is that a particular NBA has told him that they will draft him in the first round, even if he is not rated on the various mock draft sites. Some team, most likely a pretty good one, may well decide that they can afford to nurture him for awhile, perhaps by sending him to the Developmental League, before expecting a great contribution from him. As I said, I think that is a remote possibility, but it would account for the fact that he was apparently still considering leaving two weeks past the NCAA "deadline" and yet doesn't appear on the mock draft boards. I will still have my fingers crossed that he will stay until 11:00 AM Saturday!

If you're right about him going to a team that's pretty good who can afford to help him develop, then I hope it's the Grizzlies so he can play in front of his family and friends.

cheetah-vol writes:

Nice. He's staying.

chattabluetick writes:

Come back because you need Tennessee and more work on your game, not because Tennessee needs you. The Vols will be ok either way! Good Luck if you declare for NBA draft. A couple more years and your name might appear on scouts lists as a 1st round draft pick. Stay and work on facing basket and 12 to 24 foot shot and taking it to the goal from perimeter. Small forward will be the position that you really need to learn to be sucessful at the next level and unfortunately the Vols have been using you at center and power forward. No help to your future game.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Stokes thinks he's a one&done type athlete, so, two seasons to him is like doing UT a favor. The unfortunate truth is, he's not very talented or skilled. Stokes needs some serious work with a former NBA big man or he'll be lucky to obtain baby Davis status at the next level.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to born2ride:

See ya, traitor.

what say you now, Goober?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to 1vavolfan:

Don't know why there would be a press conference unless he is going. Surprised that he has taken this long. Quinn states he is projected to be drafted, perhaps this is true but there is no guaranteed money unless you are drafted in the 1st round.

This would be a disaster for UT, I expect the downward spiral to occur when all of Pearl's recruits graduate after next year. If Stokes is gone it will happen next year. UT would lose Hall, Yemi, and Stokes in the post. Who knows how Maymon will play with what may still be a bum knee. The Pops kid you koolaid drinkers are so high on may be UT's top post player. What a laugh.

Who exactly has said they are "high" on Ndiaye? Everybody from Martin on down has as much as said that the guy was a last-minute, stopgap signee who may or may not be decent some day but who is undeniably big and available right now. Of course by now we all know that Jarnell is staying, but that doesn't remove the need for Martin to sign a big man out of HS next year who will be able to make a major contribution as a freshman in 2014-5. That is a tall--pardon the pun--order but a dead necessity if the program is to progress beyond the lofty level it should attain next season, since the odds that Stokes would return for what would be his senior year are infinitessimal.

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