Jarnell Stokes selected to try out for U19 national team

Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes talks to the media after it was announced that he will be staying with the men's basketball team for his junior year during a press conference in Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, April 27, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes talks to the media after it was announced that he will be staying with the men's basketball team for his junior year during a press conference in Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, April 27, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes will have a chance to spend another summer competing internationally after he officially accepted an invitation to tryouts at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

USA Basketball announced Wednesday that Stokes was one of 24 players who had accepted invitations to the next month’s training camp that will be used to choose a roster for the 12-man U19 National Team.

Stokes was a star on last year’s U18 National Team that won the 2012 FIBA Americas Championship in Brazil. Stokes started all five games at the championship, averaging 14 points and 5.6 rebounds.

The 2013 U19 team will be coached by Florida’s Billy Donovan, who also coached Stokes in last year's games. Virginia coach Tony Bennett and VCU coach Shaka Smart will serve as assistants.

“We have a really impressive group of talented players and a large number of the players have USA Basketball and college experience,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who is chair of the USA Basketball men’s junior national team committee. “Selecting our 12-man U19 team will be extremely difficult, but the committee is excited and confident that we will be able to field another strong USA team.”

The players selected for the team will compete for the U19 World Championship from June 27-July 7 at Prague in the Czech Republic.

Other players who accepted invitations are: Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova University/Langhorne, Pa.); Bryce Alford (La Cueva H.S./Albuquerque, N.M.); Brandon Ashley (University of Arizona/San Francisco, Calif.); Robert Carter (Georgia Tech/Thomasville, Ga.); Damyean Dotson (University of Oregon/Houston, Texas); Kris Dunn (Providence College/Oakdale, Conn.); Javan Felix (University of Texas/New Orleans, La.); Michael Frazier (University of Florida/Tampa, Fla.); Marcus Georges-Hunt (Georgia Tech/College Park, Ga.); Shaq Goodwin (University of Memphis/Atlanta, Ga.); Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.); Jerami Grant (Syracuse University/Bowie, Md.); Montrezl Harrell (University of Louisville/Tarboro, N.C.); Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.); Rodney Purvis (University of Connecticut/Raleigh, N.C.); James Robinson (University of Pittsburgh/Mitchellville, Md.); Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University/Flower Mound, Texas); Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke University/Houston, Texas); Devin Thomas (Wake Forest University/Harrisburg, Pa.); Mike Tobey (University of Virginia/Monroe, N.Y.); Nigel Williams-Goss (Findlay Prep/Happy Valley, Ore.); and Justise Winslow (St. Johns H.S./Houston, Texas).

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee athletics. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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Comments » 4

FanNotSheep writes:

Much better choice than NBA for Stokes. Hopefully this will be time well spent for his future and Vols' upcoming season.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Stokes!!

underthehill writes:

Donavan seems to like Stokes play..he will make the team..

johnlg00 writes:

You could put together a pretty darned good team out of that bunch. It will say a lot about Jarnell if he not only makes the team but becomes a leader and a star on it. Not too many that age have a year and a half of college ball behind them. Hope he works on that timing and explosion inside and a little work on the jumper and free throws wouldn't hurt, either.

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