UT's forward Jarnell Stokes to return for his junior season

UT's forward Jarnell Stokes to return for his junior season

Jarnell Stokes (source: UT Sports) Jarnell Stokes (source: UT Sports)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -Tennessee basketball player Jarnell Stokes announced Saturday that he will be returning to UT for his junior season.

Stokes had explored the possibility of entering the NBA Draft this summer.  He had requested an evaluation from the NBA's Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

"After considering entering the NBA Draft, I have decided to return to Tennessee for my junior season," Stokes said. "After talking with my family I have decided to come back and I am excited to return to the Vols. I am looking forward to playing with Jeronne (Maymon), Jordan (McRae), Trae (Golden) and my other teammates again. I think we are ready for a big season, one that will make Vol Nation proud."

The Memphis native started all 33 of Tennessee's games and finished the season as UT's leader in total rebounding, offensive rebounding, free-throw attempts and blocks.

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