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.
“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.”