Jarnell Stokes held scoreless in U.S. victory

Alabama forward Nick Jacobs (15) fights for a loose ball against Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament, Friday, March 15, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Alabama forward Nick Jacobs (15) fights for a loose ball against Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament, Friday, March 15, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Having rolled through five opponents by a combined 251-point margin, Jarnell Stokes and Team USA were finally tested in the FIBA U19 World Championships.

The Americans battled past Serbia, 71-62, on Wednesday in Prague, Czech Republic, to advance to the quarterfinals with an unscathed 6-0 record intact.

Stokes, a Tennessee junior, was held scoreless for the first time in the tournament. He finished with five rebounds, four offensive, in just over 12 minutes of action.

Serbia (5-1) outscored the U.S. 21-15 in the third quarter, cutting the Americans’ 35-26 halftime lead to 50-47. The U.S. flipped the script in the fourth quarter, though, outscoring the Serbs 21-15 to end the game.

Jahlil Okafor led the Americans with 16 points.

Quarterfinal play in the tournament begins Friday with the U.S. facing Canada (3-3), which is led by Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis and Trey Lyles, one of the top forwards in the Class of 2014.

The game will stream live online at www.livebasketball.tv, as will Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s gold-medal game.

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abnerPeabody writes:

Hard to score when getting only 10 or so minutes out of 40. Stokes is not that great to begin with.Likely one reason his minutes are so few. It is what it is.

johnlg00 writes:

In Jarnell's partial defense, some of those Serbian teenagers might also be in the NBA some day. Maybe foul trouble played a role again. Either way, I had hoped Jarnell would be "the man" inside for that whole tournament. It's not over yet, and the competition should get better, but I would truly love for him to put down a 20-and-12 game at some point.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

Hard to score when getting only 10 or so minutes out of 40. Stokes is not that great to begin with.Likely one reason his minutes are so few. It is what it is.

No, its no harder to score, you just can score less than playing more minutes

richvol writes:

This is sign of his lack of growth from his previous two years. He is just too passive. This is against boys 19 and under as well.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I just hope you're all wrong. But he'll at least be good to have this coming year. I don't think there are many better big men out there. When we signed him no one thought he'd be here now. I didn't. I too think he needs to be more agressive. Much more. Not so much by attacking in anger but using his brains and sharing the ball well. He seems to have forgotten about foul shots too. The mid range thing is something all the players need.(imho agreeing with many others)

miketn6 writes:

All of these negative posts are silly. With such sparse coverage, there is no way to tell what Donovan is asking Jarnell to do, and Donovan loved him last year. Jarnell grew up in a big way starting with the SEC schedule last year, and he will only get better. 5 rebounds in 12 minutes is pretty good.

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to miketn6:

All of these negative posts are silly. With such sparse coverage, there is no way to tell what Donovan is asking Jarnell to do, and Donovan loved him last year. Jarnell grew up in a big way starting with the SEC schedule last year, and he will only get better. 5 rebounds in 12 minutes is pretty good.

Agree. The article doesn't say if he even attempted a shot. Regardless, this experience will help him. GBO!

underthehill writes:

Donavan picked Stokes for the team because he has the potential to be a dominate rebounder..not because he has the potential to be a dominate scorer..Stokes has to generate most of his offense by getting offensive rebounds..Donavan knows what Stokes contributes when he is on the floor..not many players have the skills to be dominant rebounders..but those who have done so have been highly successful in the NBA..Stokes is still growing up and he don't appear to me to understand yet just how much he can affect the outcome of games by using his strength..

johnlg00 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Donavan picked Stokes for the team because he has the potential to be a dominate rebounder..not because he has the potential to be a dominate scorer..Stokes has to generate most of his offense by getting offensive rebounds..Donavan knows what Stokes contributes when he is on the floor..not many players have the skills to be dominant rebounders..but those who have done so have been highly successful in the NBA..Stokes is still growing up and he don't appear to me to understand yet just how much he can affect the outcome of games by using his strength..

I think Stokes can be as dominant an inside player as UT has had since...well, pick your own example. But rebounding alone is not likely to be his ticket to the League. It could be, perhaps, if he was seriously contending for EVERY rebound, routinely chasing balls out of his area. As it is, he is likely to snatch any ball that comes within reach with his great hands, but he needs to use his feet better, in getting rebound position, keeping defensive position, and setting up for his power post moves. THEN there is the shooting issue. It is great to be big, strong, and talented, but it is not ENOUGH for anybody who aspires to the highest level of ball.

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

Any body heard of Marcus Smart He would have been a top 3 draft pick had he come out this year. He is also on this team and averaging 14 minutes per game and 7 points per game. The playing minutes range from 10 to 20> It is a very talented group and Jarnell is a starter. Many talented players didn't make the team. Jarnell is a Junior and still on an under 19 team. How you can look at a stat line of a team you haven't seen play with mostly lopsided victories and conclude a player is not improving is mind boggling.

bobboofer.robert#1418533 writes:

TEST, THIS YOUNG MAN WILL BE GREAT IN THE FALL.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to rclarkvols#224537:

Any body heard of Marcus Smart He would have been a top 3 draft pick had he come out this year. He is also on this team and averaging 14 minutes per game and 7 points per game. The playing minutes range from 10 to 20> It is a very talented group and Jarnell is a starter. Many talented players didn't make the team. Jarnell is a Junior and still on an under 19 team. How you can look at a stat line of a team you haven't seen play with mostly lopsided victories and conclude a player is not improving is mind boggling.

I like your optimism and defense of Jarnell. But most of the talk on here is just specualtion about the coming year. I for one couldn't care less about the U19. I don't think it does any good for Jarnell except maybe exposure to the scouts? But it's organized ball I suppose. I don't see how this trip helps him. I could be wrong. I may have been wrong once before.

I think Jarnell should be working with someone in the same way that McRae has been and developing his play as I think JohnOO alluded to in another thread.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to SEEITTHROUGH:

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over-hyped. What is that exactly? And why is your sadness overhyped? Don't be sad. "don' worry. Be happy."

underthehill writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I think Stokes can be as dominant an inside player as UT has had since...well, pick your own example. But rebounding alone is not likely to be his ticket to the League. It could be, perhaps, if he was seriously contending for EVERY rebound, routinely chasing balls out of his area. As it is, he is likely to snatch any ball that comes within reach with his great hands, but he needs to use his feet better, in getting rebound position, keeping defensive position, and setting up for his power post moves. THEN there is the shooting issue. It is great to be big, strong, and talented, but it is not ENOUGH for anybody who aspires to the highest level of ball.

John ..being a dominate rebounder is more than enough to have a long and successful career in the NBA..Bill Russell was not a great offensive threat but he was a great rebounder and defender..Wes Unseld had a similar build to Stokes..and I can't think of the guy's name for the Bulls who could do nothing but rebound and play some defense...but he was key to their winning the NBA..you know the one with all the tattoos and ring in his nose..

underthehill writes:

John ..Dennis Rodman...was nothing but a rebounder and defender..

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to underthehill:

John ..being a dominate rebounder is more than enough to have a long and successful career in the NBA..Bill Russell was not a great offensive threat but he was a great rebounder and defender..Wes Unseld had a similar build to Stokes..and I can't think of the guy's name for the Bulls who could do nothing but rebound and play some defense...but he was key to their winning the NBA..you know the one with all the tattoos and ring in his nose..

Dennis Rodman?

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to underthehill:

John ..Dennis Rodman...was nothing but a rebounder and defender..

You beat me to it.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to bobboofer.robert#1418533:

TEST, THIS YOUNG MAN WILL BE GREAT IN THE FALL.

I'm just guessing? But you're the former seeitthrough guy who was just eliminated from posting? KNS left me hanging out there with my replies! So far so good for you though.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

Contributions come more than just scoring in basketball. Those making negative comments have no clue about the game.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

IMO Jarnell simply has to get more aggressive in order to have a high degree of success this year. Maymon will be only partially effective if Jarnell does not pick up his game. Our NCAA tourney future will only go as far as Jarnell goes.

oldster writes:

I must be missing something. I do not see Stokes as a great offensive post player. He is big and strong, but he is not explosive and does not finish his shots well. He is a very good player, but not a great one. He will be a good player to make a team complete, but not the kind of guy to build a team around. He is more like the center for the Pacers than a Wilt, Kareem, Hakeem, Walton, Chief, etc.

John_10065 writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

Dennis Rodman?

Or even Boerwinkle.

At least let's keep in the UT alumus category!

Hoops43 writes:

in response to oldster:

I must be missing something. I do not see Stokes as a great offensive post player. He is big and strong, but he is not explosive and does not finish his shots well. He is a very good player, but not a great one. He will be a good player to make a team complete, but not the kind of guy to build a team around. He is more like the center for the Pacers than a Wilt, Kareem, Hakeem, Walton, Chief, etc.

Roy Hibbert.....Don't see where you get that. He's a7'2" defensive stopper. Pick again.

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