David Climer: Jarnell Stokes emerges as Tennessee Vols' MVP

Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) and guard Josh Richardson (1) fist bump after Stokes sank a basket in the second half against Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Tennessee won 58-57 over Vanderbilt. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) and guard Josh Richardson (1) fist bump after Stokes sank a basket in the second half against Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Tennessee won 58-57 over Vanderbilt. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

NASHVILLE - With their obvious shortcomings, it’s unclear just how far Tennessee’s Vols can go this season.

One thing’s for sure, though: They’ll go only as far as Jarnell Stokes can carry them.

Stokes was the determining force in UT’s 58-57 squeaker over Vanderbilt on Tuesday night, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds in a tough, grinding game between two teams that are struggling to find their identities.

With back-to-back one-point wins, the Vols have regained a bit of altitude in the SEC. And Stokes is the reason. He put up a combined 34 points and 29 rebounds in victories over Alabama and the Commodores.

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Rumblefish writes:

Stokes for MVP? Uhh...not so much. McRae would be the one IMO.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Stokes for MVP? Uhh...not so much. McRae would be the one IMO.

You might say that McRae helped to open things up. But really Stokes just decided to play some ball.

MVP? I never like the award. I love good team ball. Stokes shared the ball plenty last night. McRae has been too. Now if we can get the rest to keep the ball going to the hot hand?

Our defense was really lacking and hasn't been what Martin has envisioned all year. Especially around the perimeter.

Rumblefish writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

You might say that McRae helped to open things up. But really Stokes just decided to play some ball.

MVP? I never like the award. I love good team ball. Stokes shared the ball plenty last night. McRae has been too. Now if we can get the rest to keep the ball going to the hot hand?

Our defense was really lacking and hasn't been what Martin has envisioned all year. Especially around the perimeter.

I wish Reese would get more minutes. That kid has a hell of a shot.

CoverOrange writes:

I wonder if CCM's call to the refs to let Stokes play big works both ways. Case point, the slam dunk Stokes missed happened because the Vanderbilt defender stopped him from getting close enough to the rim. Should have been a block or a charge, I couldn't see from the replay which it was.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

Need that third wheel, that 3 headed monster that all good basketball teams have. Golden would be the obvious choice, but he is dealing with injuries and a bit of a shooting slump. Someone else needs to step up.

wigmeister writes:

He is getting better, but not consistent. Has to be more aware defensively of the pick and roll, and staying with his man instead of trying to double up. Was energetic at the beginning of the game, but could not keep it up for that portion of the 40 minutes he was in there. Boy, our offense is boring to watch.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor wouldnt take cash from Climer without him showing two ID's so Witch Doctor say his points and thoughts are moot.
Bones never lie.
(lol)

murrayvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor wouldnt take cash from Climer without him showing two ID's so Witch Doctor say his points and thoughts are moot.
Bones never lie.
(lol)

That's harsh Doc. Guy's just tryin' to make a livin'.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to murrayvol:

That's harsh Doc. Guy's just tryin' to make a livin'.

Witch Doctor put lol. at end. Witch Doctor say Climer must like the "give and take"..Witch Doctor say he puts that in all his Craigslist personal ads!
Bones never lie.
lol.

carbonzip writes:

Vandy did a good job of creating mismatches on pick and rolls (especially against McBee and Lopez) It almost cost us the game. Maybe, it is time to play some zone (and zone press).

Lopez ran a perfect pick and roll with Stokes. I like Lopez, but he needs help on defense.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

I wonder if CCM's call to the refs to let Stokes play big works both ways. Case point, the slam dunk Stokes missed happened because the Vanderbilt defender stopped him from getting close enough to the rim. Should have been a block or a charge, I couldn't see from the replay which it was.

I too thought it ought to be a foul one way or the other. That was an AWFUL lot of contact on an attempted score to just be a "play on". The announcers said much the same thing. I guess it's possible that the Vandy guy had a foot in the restricted area under the basket, so he couldn't draw a charge, but since Jarnell initiated the contact, it couldn't be a block. This is only a guess, since I couldn't see the Vandy guy's feet, either live or on the replay. In any case, Jarnell would have played a lot more minutes this year if the refs had just swallowed the whistle on some of the ticky-tack fouls they have called on him, so I can live with a play or two like that one, whichever way it goes.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I too thought it ought to be a foul one way or the other. That was an AWFUL lot of contact on an attempted score to just be a "play on". The announcers said much the same thing. I guess it's possible that the Vandy guy had a foot in the restricted area under the basket, so he couldn't draw a charge, but since Jarnell initiated the contact, it couldn't be a block. This is only a guess, since I couldn't see the Vandy guy's feet, either live or on the replay. In any case, Jarnell would have played a lot more minutes this year if the refs had just swallowed the whistle on some of the ticky-tack fouls they have called on him, so I can live with a play or two like that one, whichever way it goes.

There's a pic on this article in the Tennessean. It looks like the Vanderbilt player is standing beyond the edge of the backboard so I don't think he was under the basket. Kudos to the guy for standing in while a 270 lb behemoth launches himself at you.

Agree on the ticky-tack fouls. In my mind unless a touch causes involuntary movement, it should not be a foul.

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