By JIM WOGAN 6 Sports Director
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Jarnell Stokes has been cleared to begin practicing with the Tennessee basketball team.
The 6-foot, 8-inch power forward from Memphis signed with Tennessee on Dec. 22. He picked the Vols over Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas and the University of Memphis.
Stokes was a 5-star prospect in high school, but was forced by the TSSAA to sit-out his senior season after transferring schools.
Despite that, Stokes was a sought-after player.
"I have faith in Tennessee and I think great things will come to their program," Stokes said on the night he signed with the Vols.
Stokes has muscle to play inside, and a shooting touch from the outside.
Tennessee confirmed on Wednesday night that Stokes has the administrative green light to begin practicing.
He was with the team in Memphis on Wednesday night when the Vols lost to the Tigers 69-51.
The Vols are still awaiting final approval that will allow Stokes to play and they don't expect that to be an issue.
Stokes officially becomes a student on Jan. 11 when classes begin at Tennessee.
The Vols first game after that is on Jan. 12 when they play at Mississippi State.