Jarnell Stokes has spent his recent summers picking up medals to tote back to Knoxville.
The Tennessee men’s basketball player scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in 14 minutes as the USA Junior National Team defeated Serbia 82-68 Sunday to win gold in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.
Last summer, Stokes was apart of the USA’s win in the U18 FIBA Americas Championship in Brazil.
“It’s surreal to be able to win another gold knowing where I came from,” Stokes said. “I was blessed to be able to start for this team, and I’m honored to win the gold not only for the whole state of Tennessee but for the entire country.”
A starter in all nine games, Stokes averaged 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Two of his toughest games came against Serbia, but the same could be said for the entire U.S. team. The Serbs once again challenged Team USA on Sunday after testing them in the second round. The U.S. led by just six points at the end of the third quarter but outscored Serbia 25-17 over the final 10 minutes.