Stokes earns fifth career SEC weekly award

After powering the Volunteers (20-11, 11-7 SEC) to a pair of blowout wins, Tennessee junior Jarnell Stokes has been named the co-SEC Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Stokes shares this week’s award with Florida guard Michael Frazier II.

In addition to averaging a points/rebounds double-double – as he has throughout SEC play – Stokes also showed his prowess as a playmaker, posting the best two-game assists total of his career (11). For the week, he averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists.

His seven assists in UT’s road rout of Auburn were a career-high, and he also made 8-of-10 field-goal attempts while scoring a game-high 20 points.

In Tennessee’s regular-season finale vs. Missouri Saturday, the Memphis, Tenn., native logged his 18th double-double of the season and the 36th of his career (fourth-most in school history).

In SEC regular-season play, Stokes led the conference in field-goal percentage (.567), total rebounding (11.3 rpg), offensive rebounding (4.4 orpg) and double-doubles (18, tie).

He is one of only three “major” conference player in the nation who average a double-double in league play (15.1 ppg, league-best 11.1 rpg).

The award marks the fifth SEC weekly honor of Stokes’ career, as he previously garnered SEC Player of the Week acclaim on March 11, 2012, Feb. 11, 2013 and March 11, 2013. He was tabbed as the SEC Freshman of the Week on Jan. 23, 2012.

Monday’s honor marks the 10th SEC weekly award received by a Vol during Cuonzo Martin’s tenure as UT’s head coach.

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