Originally posted on The Lottery Mafia  |  Last updated 7/5/14
The former University of Tennessee head basketball coach Cuonzo Martin (now Cal’s lead man) discusses the two standouts from his Sweet 16 Volunteers squad. First, junior power forward Jarnell Stokes was snatched in the early second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. Although originally taken by the Utah Jazz with the No. 35 pick, he was quickly aquired by his hometown Memphis Grizzlies. A little later, just two picks before Mr. Irrelevant was named, Stokes’ Tennessee teammate Jordan McRae was also drafted into the NBA. Like Stokes, he was traded shortly after (the Spurs traded the shooting guard to Philadelphia). McRae, a first-team All-SEC selection his junior and senior seasons, spent all four seasons at Tennessee, three of which under Cuonzo Martin. Stokes, a strong 6-foot-8 foward, has gained a good deal of attention for his rebounding prowess, after averaging 9.9 rebounds per 30 minutes (including a whopping 4.1 offensive boards per 30). Without further ado, here are Martin’s thought...
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