Stokes named SEC player of the week

KNOXVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 06, 2013: Forward Jarnell Stokes #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Andrew Bruckse/Tennessee Athletics


The Southeastern Conference office announced Monday that Tennessee power forward Jarnell Stokes has been named SEC Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10.

Stokes averaged a double-double for the Volunteers last week, and his active streak of five straight double-doubles is tied as the longest such streak by an SEC player this season.

In dominant performances vs. Georgia and South Carolina, the Memphis, Tenn., native averaged 18.0 points and 10.5 rebounds. He also totaled four assists and four blocks.

In 22 games this season, Stokes has nine double-doubles. In SEC play, Stokes averages 13.7 points per game while ranking second in the conference with 9.8 rebounds per game. His 4.0 offensive rebounds per game in league play lead all conference players.

This is the second SEC weekly honor received by a Vol this season, as junior guard Trae Golden was named SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 17.

As a newcomer last season, Stokes earned one SEC Freshman of the Week award as well as one SEC Player of the Week honor.

Monday’s most recent honor for Stokes marks the fifth SEC weekly award received by a Vol during the tenure of second-year head coach Cuonzo Martin.

Stokes and the Vols are back in action Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) when they face Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville. The game will be televised regionally on the SEC Network.

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