Stokes makes U18 national team roster

(UNDATED) -- The USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team was announced early Sunday morning following the team's ninth practice since June 5, and Tennessee rising sophomore Jarnell Stokes made the 12-man roster.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., who graduated high school early and enrolled at UT in January, Stokes made a huge impact for the Vols during the second half of the season. He averaged 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting .534 from the field en route to SEC All-Freshman Team honors. Stokes also led the Vols in blocked shots (1.4 bpg) and logged a pair of double-doubles.

Stokes is the lone collegian on the U18 National Team.

Featuring some of the nation's top 18-year-old and younger players, the USA team will compete in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be played June 16-20 in Sao Sebasti√°o do Paraiso, Brazil. The U.S. team will continue to train through June 11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will depart June 12 for Brazil. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.

To view the full roster, visit the USA Basketball website.

"I think we've got some balance, we've got some versatility, we can move guys to some different positions," U18 National Team head coach Billy Donovan said. "This has been a group that has picked up things pretty well so far so I'm excited about it. The thing I've been most impressed with since we started is just their attitudes. It seems like we've got really good chemistry, they get along real well, they seem to be a cohesive group.

"I think we have to play up tempo; we have to offensive rebound; and I think the other thing for our team that we have to get better at is taking care of the basketball. I think when you've got a lot of players that are thrown together and are now starting to play, they don't really know each other.

"But I definitely think rebounding and transition are going to be important keys, and I also think defensively how well we can guard the 3-point line."


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