Cuonzo Martin says Vols need Jarnell Stokes to be more aggressive, assertive

Cuonzo Martin gave the referees a pass, and in doing so delivered a message.

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wigmeister writes:

One game. But Stokes's mindset has to change. He is no longer a freshman. Look at all the impressive freshman around the country that stepped up in their first games as a college player. Maybe he was overrated coming out of HS. Maybe our coaching staff just don't know how to teach and/or motivate. I guess what happens in the near future will tell. Hope Stokes wakes up before it is too late.

GO VOLS!

oldster writes:

Jarnell Stokes is a power player. The new rules, which actually only require the game to be played as it was intended and not the wrestling match it had become, will help skilled, finesse players and hurt power players. Stokes has little finesse and, frankly, not much skill either. He cannot run or jump. He is about as explosive as a dud firecracker (how many dunks does he even attempt?). Not to worry, though. The NBA is still the WWE with a ball.

volnsc writes:

I guess my problem with CCM is that all this should have been addressed, clear-up, whatever, before the first game of the season. This has become an unpleasant pattern for the each season under CCM and then the fight to get the NCAA occurs after too many of these winnable games have been lost.

Columbo writes:

We have assembled the talent, but after two seasons of no big boy tournament, and after what I saw in our first game, I am really starting to question if we have the right coach for the job. Want to talk about it?
http://www.hitmewiththetruth.com/lets...#/

johnlg00 writes:

Jarnell seems to be a real gentleman, which is a fine quality in any man, but he really needs to find a MENTALLY aggressive mindset on the court. He is big enough that he doesn't have to bowl guys over, he just needs to be steady and look for advantages of position and leverage rather than use sheer power. He needs to be more purposeful in how he presents himself to the ball-handler and the ball-handler has to GET HIM THE BALL! Then he needs to go up like he intends to make it whether he dunks it or not or whether the defense bodies up on him or not. His whole future as a player, and most likely Martin's future at UT, depend on whether and/or when he learns to do those things.

tntuba#225866 writes:

We need Stokes to score the basketball at a very high level.

bUTch__please writes:

Hanging the future of this team upon Stokes ability to do what he has yet to do....is exceedingly risky. I could understand if it were based on what we've seen before...but....it's one hellava roll of the dice.

underthehill writes:

in response to volnsc:

I guess my problem with CCM is that all this should have been addressed, clear-up, whatever, before the first game of the season. This has become an unpleasant pattern for the each season under CCM and then the fight to get the NCAA occurs after too many of these winnable games have been lost.

I have to agree..it is not overanalyzing one game when it appears to be a pattern..Stokes is obviously not the kind of talent you expect to be a go to guy on offense..he has to let the offense come to him on rebounds and body position..the coaching staff saying they want him getting a huge amount of touches ..why..he would be much better setting picks and breaking to the basket with inside position on rebounds..at present..my hopes for this team making the big show are slim and none

johnlg00 writes:

I guess we saw tonight what Jarnell can do when he puts his whole mind and body into it! Wasn't able to get the final stats since I had to catch it on ESPN3 through UTsports.com, but I know he had 17 rebounds and over 15 points. He also shot free-throws well. And USC-U had some pretty good size themselves. Stokes and Maymon dominated the boards in the second half. That and vastly improved free-throw shooting by nearly everybody got them the win against a scrappy, hot-shooting USC-U bunch. Barton and McRae were also clutch.

I confess, though, that I will probably never understand why big guys these days, straining every muscle to get tough offensive rebounds and powering the ball up through grasping arms, still want to just b-a-r-e-l-y o-o-o-m-p-h the ball up j-u-s-t over the rim instead of putting it high up on the backboard. You can put that shot up with so much more authority and if they grab your arm, you still might have enough on it for it to fall in. It can even be done from directly in front of the basket. But nooooo...!

no1djkb#278630 writes:

I understand how you guys feel but they did play Xavier which is a pretty good team. You have to hit your free throws. I think this team will be OK.

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