Stokes workout for Memphis Grizzlies

Stokes workout for Memphis Grizzlies

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Knoxville (WATE) - Former Vol basketball player Jarnell Stokes feels confident about being a first round pick in the NBA draft, and he'd like it to be his hometown team, the Memphis Grizzlies.

"They told me I have all the pieces," Stokes said after a Monday workout with the Grizzlies. 

"They told me they are definitely considering me in (the first round). I am working out with all the teams in the early to late twenties. I think I fit what they are trying to do. I look at guys like (Grizzlies forward) Zach Randolph, I love what he does. I love the mentality. Ya know, I am not soft.

Stokes announced in April that he was leaving Tennessee after three seasons.

He averaged double figures in scores (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.6 rpg) in 2012-13.

Stokes wouldn't mind playing for any NBA team, but when it comes to choosing-- he'd love to stay in Memphis.

"There is no place like home. I love Memphis. I think it's a very good place," he said.

"I love watching the Grizzlies. They are my favorite team. I grew up watching them. I was a season ticket holder in the nose-bleed (section) just three years ago, so, it's surreal right now being able to work out for them.

The NBA draft is June 26.

The Grizzlies have the 22nd pick.


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