Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 7:00 pm
KNOXVILLE (AP) — The NCAA and Southeastern Conference have cleared forward Jarnell Stokes to play at Tennessee.
The 6-foot-8, 250-pound Stokes was ranked as one of the top prospects from Tennessee for the 2012 incoming class. He graduated in December from Memphis’ Southwind High School and selected Tennessee over Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky and Memphis.
Volunteers coach Cuonzo Martin said Stokes would practice with the team this week but wouldn’t play until he showed he was physically ready for competition. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association rules prevented Stokes from playing basketball in the fall after he transferred from Memphis’ Central High to Southwind.
Martin says it’s unlikely Stokes will play this week as Tennessee (8-7, 1-0) travels to No. 20 Mississippi State on Thursday night and hosts No. 2 Kentucky on Saturday.
has minor surgery
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers has had a minor procedure performed on his right index finger.
The procedure was successful, and the sophomore from Calhoun, Ga., is expected to be cleared to fully participate in the Volunteers’ spring practice drills.
Rogers received first-team all-Southeastern Conference honors after catching 67 passes for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns during the 2011 seasons.
The Volunteers finished the 2011 season with a 5-7 record and missed out on a bowl bid in head coach Derek Dooley’s second season. Published in The Messenger 1.11.12