Jarnell Stokes makes first cut for USA basketball U19 team

Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) tries to put up a basket over Mercer forward T.J. Hallice (14) in the first half during the first round of the NIT Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Thompson-Boling Arena. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) tries to put up a basket over Mercer forward T.J. Hallice (14) in the first half during the first round of the NIT Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Thompson-Boling Arena. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes made the cut Sunday when the USA Basketball men’s junior national team committee announced 16 finalists for this summer’s U19 team.

A total of 26 players have been vying for 12 roster spots since Friday at the Men’s U19 World Championship team training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The final four roster cuts will be announced in the next few days, and the 12-member junior national team will compete in the FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, June 27 to July 7.

Stokes, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, is one of 16 players at training camp who boast previous USA Basketball experience. He was a starter on last summer’s U18 FIBA Americas Championships squad that captured the gold medal in Brazil.

“We had 26 really, really good players and all of the guys made the selection very, very difficult,” USA U19 head coach Billy Donovan said.

“I think the thing that stands out about this team is just the athleticism; the speed and quickness; the ability to defend and put pressure on people; and offensive rebound.

“We still have to get down to 12 players, and the challenge right now is to see how these 16 guys fit into what we’re trying to do.” We’ll learn a lot more in the next three practices.”; we’ll see how well guys pick up certain things; how the chemistry is; the way they bond, the way they connect.

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mocsandvolsfan writes:

Well I just hate to see an article go unposted.

It's good for UT to have players out there representing. Stokes I think will represent for years to come. May God bless and keep him in the Donovan controlled environment. Good coach really.

PS Stokes- Don't show the guys any of the "new" moves you learned since last year. We'll need some surprises to beat the gators again maybe. I think we will though.

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