NBA Scouts had fallen in love with Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes after just half of a collegiate season last year after graduating high school and enrolling with the Volunteers mid-season. At 6'8 and a hulk-like strength at 270 pounds, Stokes has surprising agility, quickness and athleticism for a player of his size, allowing him to play both inside and out on both ends of the floor.
But NBA front offices were disappointed as Stokes, just an 19-year old sophomore, provided 5 double-doubles in Tennessee's first 17 games. In the last 6 games, Stokes has been on a tear, posting double-doubles in all, averaging 17.5 points on 58.5 percent shooting from the floor and 11.7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game during this stretch.
Moving up from a second-round pick to a mid-first round prospect is a legitimate possibility as scouts have no question that despite being so young, Stokes can become an impact performer right away at the next level.