Stokes good, wants to get better

Stokes good, wants to get better


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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It takes a critical person to find a flaw in Jarnell Stokes game right now.

The Vols junior forward has scored in double figures and grabbed double-digit rebounds in four straight games now-- it's a stat that leads the nation.

Stokes is playing in what could be called the Jarnell Zone, but he's not completely content with where his game is at.

"I am not really satisfied," Stokes said before practice on Thursday.

"I'm happy I am getting double-doubles but I feel like I've let a lot of points go and a lot of offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds that I should have gotten, I look back at film and I let a lot of balls slip out of my hands."

Stokes recorded sixteen double-doubles last season, which lead the SEC. It was the most by a Tennessee player since Bernard King had 19 in the 1978-79 season.

Despite the obvious production, his head coach says Stokes is capable of much more.

"I think he has to do a better job in defensive rebounding," said Cuonzo Martin. 

"I think there are opportunities around the rim he needs to capitalize on. He's missed some lay ups and close shots he can make around the rim. Obviously there is plenty of room to grow."

Stokes chases his 5th straight double-double game Saturday when the Vols play at No. 12 Wichita State.

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