Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes is going back to work for Team USA.
Stokes was named Tuesday to Team USA’s 12-man squad for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships that begin later this month in Prague, Czech Republic.
Stokes, who will be a junior for the Vols in 2013-14, survived two cuts that pared 26 candidates down to the final squad in tryouts at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Last summer the 6-foot-8, 250-pound Stokes played well for the USA team that won gold in the FIBA U18 America championships in Brazil. That team and this one are coached by Billy Donovan of Florida.
“Getting down to 12 is the real hard part,’’ said Donovan, “because in a lot of respects, we easily could have kept 14 or 15.’’
Stokes is one of five veterans from last year’s U18 team who were selected. The other SEC survivor from the tryout camp is Florida guard Michael Frazier.
Among the big men selected are Montrezl Harrell of Louisville, Jerami Grant of Syracuse and Mike Tobey of Virginia.
The team will train two days in Colorado Springs, then move base to Washington, D.C. June 20-22 before leaving for Prague.
The championships run June 27-July 7.