Jarnell Stokes helped lead the Memphis Grizzlies to the championship game of the Orlando NBA Summer League, and the former Tennessee standout finished his summer with nearly a double-double average.
Stokes played in all five of Memphis’ summer league games and averaged 12.2 points and a team-best 9.4 rebounds. He finished as the league’s second-leading rebounder, behind only Kevin Jones of the Indiana Pacers (10.0 rpg).
The 6-9, 263-pound Stokes made four starts, logged nearly 27 minutes per contest and produced three double-doubles as the Grizzlies posted a 3-2 record.
The Grizzlies acquired Stokes during last month’s NBA Draft after he was initially selected 35th overall by the Utah Jazz.
Stokes’ proficiency at stuffing a stat sheet comes as little surprise to Vol fans, as the Memphis, Tenn., native posted 40 double-doubles during his three-year career on Rocky Top.
As a junior last season, Stokes tied basketball Hall of Famer Bernard King’s Tennessee single-season record for double-doubles with 22.
As the Orlando session of the NBA Summer League concluded, the Las Vegas portion of the summer league began Friday. The Vegas-based league includes three former Vols. Jordan McRae, a second-round draft pick last month, is with the Philadelphia 76ers. And former UT teammates Scotty Hopson (2009-11) and Renaldo Woolridge (2009-12) are playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively.
For the most up-to-date information about the Tennessee basketball program, visit UTsports.com/basketball and follow @Vol_Hoops on Twitter and Instagram.
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