Jarnell Stokes

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Jarnell Stokes
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Stokes playing for Tennessee
Free agent
Position Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1994-01-07) January 7, 1994 (age 28)
Memphis, Tennessee
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school Southwind (Memphis, Tennessee)
College Tennessee (2011–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career2014–present
Career history
20142015 Memphis Grizzlies
2014–2015Iowa Energy
2015–2016 Miami Heat
2015–2016Sioux Falls Skyforce
2016Sioux Falls Skyforce
2016 Denver Nuggets
2017Sioux Falls Skyforce
2017–2018 Zhejiang Golden Bulls
2018Sioux Falls Skyforce
2019 Memphis Hustle
2019–2020 Xinjiang Flying Tigers
Career highlights and awards
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jarnell D'Marcus Stokes (born January 7, 1994) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He played college basketball at the University of Tennessee. He was one of the top rated high school players in the class of 2011. He was selected in with the 35th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz, and later traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.

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High school career

Stokes was ranked as the No. 11 overall prospect by Rivals.com and No. 18 by ESPN.com. As a junior at Central High School, he averaged 17.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. [1]

Stokes chose Tennessee over offers from Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Memphis, and Ole Miss. [2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeightCommit date
Jarnell Stokes
PF
Memphis, TNSouthwind HS6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)250 lb (110 kg)Dec 22, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout: 5 stars.svg     Rivals: 5 stars.svg     247Sports: N/A   ESPN grade: 97

College career

Stokes played three collegiate seasons at the University of Tennessee, averaging 13.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.08 blocks on .530 shooting in 29.7 minutes in 87 games. He left the Volunteers ranked fourth in school history in double-doubles (40), eighth in total rebounds (836) and 14th in blocks (94). He also led the SEC in offensive rebounding in 2013 and 2014. [1]

Professional career

Memphis Grizzlies (2014–2015)

On June 26, 2014, Stokes was selected with the 35th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. He was later traded to the Memphis Grizzlies on draft night. [3] In July 2014, he joined the Grizzlies for the 2014 NBA Summer League before going on to sign a multi-year deal with the franchise on August 18, 2014. [4] On December 3, 2014, he scored a season-high 12 points in a loss to the Houston Rockets. [5] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. [6]

Miami Heat (2015–2016)

On November 10, 2015, Stokes was traded, along with Beno Udrih, to the Miami Heat in exchange for Mario Chalmers and James Ennis. [7] The move reunited him with former Tennessee teammate Josh Richardson. On January 20, 2016, he made his debut for the Heat in a 106–87 loss to the Washington Wizards, recording four points in five minutes. [8]

During his sophomore season, he received multiple assignments to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Heat's D-League affiliate. [9] On January 29, 2016, he was named in the East All-Star team for the 2016 NBA D-League All-Star Game. [10]

On February 18, 2016, Stokes was traded, along with cash considerations, to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for a conditional 2018 second-round pick. [11] He was waived by the Pelicans the next day. [12]

Sioux Falls Skyforce (2016)

On February 27, 2016, Stokes was acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. [13] He helped the Skyforce win an NBA D-League-record 40 games in 2015–16, securing the first seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. In 28 regular season games, he averaged team highs of 20.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He subsequently earned league MVP honors. [14] Stokes went on to help the Skyforce cap off a historic season with a playoff run that ended in a 2–1 Finals series victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders. He added to his regular season MVP award by garnering the Finals MVP, [15] as well as earning All-NBA D-League First Team honors. [16]

Denver Nuggets (2016)

In July 2016, Stokes joined the San Antonio Spurs for the 2016 NBA Summer League. [17] On September 15, 2016, he signed with the Denver Nuggets. [18] On November 15, 2016, he was waived by the Nuggets after appearing in two games. [19]

Second stint with Sioux Falls Skyforce (2017)

On March 23, 2017, Stokes was reacquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. [20]

Zhejiang Golden Bulls (2017–2018)

In July 2017, Stokes signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association. [21] On February 2, 2018, he was waived by the Zhejiang Golden Bulls. [22] [23]

Third stint with Sioux Falls Skyforce (2018)

On August 27, 2018, Stokes returned to the Miami Heat on a training camp contract. [24] He was waived on October 13. [25]

On December 8, 2018, Stokes was reacquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. [26]

Memphis Hustle (2019)

On January 1, 2019, Stokes was signed to a two-way contract by the Memphis Grizzlies, to split time with their G League affiliate, the Memphis Hustle. [27]

Xinjiang Flying Tigers (2019–present)

On February 12, 2019, Stokes was reported to have signed with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. [28] He debuted with the Flying Tigers on the same day, making a double-double with 30 points, 19 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal in a 120–115 victory over the Shanxi Brave Dragons. [29] In July 2019, Stokes returned for the 2019 NBA Summer League to play for the Portland Trail Blazers. [30]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2014–15 Memphis 1926.6.568.000.5361.8.2.3.33.0
2015–16 Memphis 202.0.000.000.0001.0.0.0.0.0
2015–16 Miami 502.8.600.000.500.4.2.2.01.4
2016–17 Denver 203.51.000.000.5001.01.0.5.01.5
Career2825.4.581.000.5311.4.3.3.22.4

Personal life

The son of Willie and Shunta Stokes, he majored in Communication Studies. [1]

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