Jarnell D'Marcus Stokes (born January 7, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League . He played college basketball at the University of Tennessee . He was one of the top rated high school players in the class of 2012. 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 .

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. [2]

Stokes chose Tennessee over offers from Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Memphis, and Ole Miss. [3]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jarnell Stokes
Memphis, TN Southwind HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Dec 22, 2011
Scout: Rivals: 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. [2]

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. [4] 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. [5] On December 3, 2014, he scored a season-high 12 points in a loss to the Houston Rockets . [6] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League . [7]

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 . [8] 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. [9]

During his sophomore season, he received multiple assignments to the Sioux Falls Skyforce , the Heat's D-League affiliate. [10] On January 29, 2016, he was named in the East All-Star team for the 2016 NBA D-League All-Star Game . [11]

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. [12] He was waived by the Pelicans the next day. [13]

Sioux Falls Skyforce (2016–present)

On February 27, 2016, Stokes was acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. [14] 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. [15] 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 , [16] as well as earning All-NBA D-League First Team honors. [17]

NBA career statistics

GP Games 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

2014–15 Memphis 19 2 6.6 .568 .000 .536 1.8 .2 .3 .3 3.0
2015–16 Memphis 2 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2015–16 Miami 5 0 2.8 .600 .000 .500 .4 .2 .2 .0 1.4
Career 26 2 5.5 .571 .000 .533 1.5 .2 .2 .2 2.5

Personal life

The son of Willie and Shunta Stokes, he majored in Communication Studies. [2]