Jarnell Stokes

Report: Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes entering 2014 NBA draft

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In four NCAA Tournament games, Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes averaged 18.0 points and 12.8 rebounds per game.

So, he’s going to strike while the iron is hot.

Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com:

Tennessee junior Jarnell Stokes has scheduled a press conference on campus for Friday afternoon, at which point he’s planning to announce that he’ll enter the 2014 NBA Draft, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday night.

Stokes’ breakout NCAA tournament doesn’t seem like an aberration. It seems like the continued ascent of a player who has improved each season with the Volunteers.


Stokes, who averaged 15.1 points and 10.6 rebounds this season, is powerful. But at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds, he’s also undersized for an NBA power forward. Had he stayed in college for another season, he’d get a reputation for bullying smaller college players – if he hasn’t already.

In 2012, Stokes graduated high school early, enrolled at Tennessee and began playing immediately. So, he’s still just 20 and will remain so until next January. That should work in his favor with NBA decision-makers.

All things considered, Stokes has a pretty wide range – late first round to undrafted. But I like his body control and experience for his age, and I’d spend a second-round pick on him.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.