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Cuonzo Martin hasn’t made a decision on Stokes yet

Jarnell Stokes is far and away the most talented person on Tennessee’s roster, but Jeff Goodman is reporting that Cuonzo Martin has not yet made a decision on whether or not he will see his first minutes as a collegiate player against UK on Saturday. Stokes first practiced with the team on Monday and was cleared by the SEC to play in the Vols’ game against Mississippi State, a game which they lost in Starkville 62-58.

The five-star signee, who was recruited by UK as well, enrolled mid-season with the Vols with the expectation to play right away. There’s no denying that a player with Stokes’ abilities could make an immediate impact on any game he played in, however his presence could affect Tennessee’s new found chemistry that has manifested itself in the team’s past two games, their best of the season, a win over Florida and the aforementioned four point loss in Starkville.

With the way Kentucky has struggled on the road in SEC play, Cuonzo Martin may seize this opportunity to score a huge signature win in his first season with the Vols. Jarnell Stokes could make an impact. Martin will keep it close to the vest until gametime, but don’t be surprised if Stokes gets his number called at some point during the Cats’ trip to Knoxville.

Article written by Matthew Hays

26 Comments for Cuonzo Martin hasn’t made a decision on Stokes yet



  1. Mr Schwump
    8:10 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    UK keeps their head out of their wazoo they win easily. UT can’t win this game, UK can give it away with uninspired play.



  2. Ed has Tickets
    8:10 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    You can bet the house this guy will play against the cats.



  3. rnet
    8:10 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Martin would be dumb to not give Stokes an opportunity against UK tomorrow!! He’s a 5 star player who would pay instant dividends matching up against Miller or MKG.



  4. DC4UK
    8:13 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Guarentee he plays!!!



  5. get em son
    8:14 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    comon. The kid has barely practiced…he’s not going to be in shape and will slow like renardo sydney in a donut shop.



  6. bung
    8:14 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    20 assists…20 pts from fast break …we winn by 20



  7. DC4UK
    8:15 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    All uk fans should expect a close hard fought battle tomorrow. Dont be expecting a blowout.



  8. KustomKat
    8:18 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    (6) – What is your obsession with fast break points? Although they may be more exciting to watch, they are not an indicator that a team is playing better.



  9. Mr Schwump
    8:25 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    7, UK is supposed to be the #2 team in the country. Play like it.



  10. Calipari'sInYourEar
    8:26 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    “Cuonzo Martin may seize this opportunity to score a huge signature win…” ?!?

    As if it’s up to him?

    Let’s see here.

    1. Cuonzo Martin has coached NCAA division 1 basketball for 3 seasons. He’s 69 – 48.
    2. Tennessee is 8-8, 1 game above a losing record half way through the season.

    Sorry Matthew, but Cuonzo MAY NOT seize the opportunity. Cuonzo will be a passenger on sinking ship that will be limited to clinging on or jumping with the rest of the team.



  11. saki7
    8:31 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Dang..check out the biceps.



  12. Catsfando
    8:42 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    The new guy Stokes will play, what does UT have to lose by sitting him? He just got there and he’s their best player. Wish we had a scholly available for him at mid-term.



  13. bmt22033
    9:25 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    The only way Stokes doesn’t play tomorrow is if he dies between now and then, or in other words, count on seeing him at some point. Every season since Cal came to Kentucky, opposing teams have had injured players, suspended players, sick players, potentially ineligible players, etc., etc. It’s always the same story leading up to the Kentucky game. “Oh there’s no way he’ll play…”, “We’ll have to see but it’s very unlikely…”, “He injured himself last night and it looks like he tore his ACL so it’s doubtful…”, etc. And then low and behold game day rolls around and guess who’s suiting up? You can’t expect fans of other teams to acknowledge it but for many of the teams that play Kentucky, it will be the biggest game of their season. I don’t agree with everything Cal says but in many cases, he’s right when he says that Kentucky is everybody’s Super Bowl.



  14. uktrackgeezer
    9:58 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    They low down.
    They dirty.
    They some Stokes.



  15. Yroc53
    10:00 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    How can you say with how UK has struggled on the road in the SEC? We have had one game! You cant make an all encompassing statement from one game



  16. Cpacat
    10:04 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    In Bowling Green on Saturday….where is the best sports bar to watch a UK basketball game?

    Please advise! B



  17. Mark price
    10:20 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Your all a bunch of blowhards. Kiss my a$$



  18. Holt937
    11:33 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    How does UK not have a scholarship for this guy. Then we will hear how short the bench is, Poole left Midterm where are the scholarships



  19. Tennessee Wildcat
    12:02 am January 14, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a little concerned about the UT game. We will probably have to play some minutes without Davis, as I’m sure the refs will be gunning for him. That will be UT’s chance to at least keep the game close. Inevitably our cats should win by the 9 points, but it shouldn’t be a blowout. We need a big game from Gilchrist! Go Cats!



  20. holt937
    12:06 am January 14, 2012 Permalink

    on my comment above I am not trying to be negative just wondering what the breakdown of scholarships was and how UK did not have an opening. If anybody could break it down I would appreciate it.



  21. Hoss
    6:26 am January 14, 2012 Permalink

    Just a guess, #20, but I’d say what lies in the 2012 class might just be a better situation for Cal and UK… better than Stokes, anyway. Why take a ford in the late winter when you might be able to have a porsche next fall?



  22. FlashCat
    6:34 am January 14, 2012 Permalink

    Teague, Lamb, Miller, MKG, Jones, Davis, Eloy, Wiltjer, Beckham, Hood, Polson, Harrow, Poole. Once a scholly is awarded at the beginning of the season then that scholly is spent for the entire year. Doesn’t matter if Poole left after 1 day or midterm.



  23. sack boy
    9:32 am January 14, 2012 Permalink

    @ Cpacat Double Dogs on Scottsville Rd.



  24. Cpacat
    9:40 am January 14, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks “sack boy”….never thought i would type that phrase;)



  25. bung
    10:25 am January 14, 2012 Permalink

    #8 thanks for asking…a fast break usually means you played DEFENSE well enough to cause a missed shot and we got a defensive REBOUND and HUSTLED and PASSED and made an ASSIST and prob added to our POINTS IN THE PAINT total. So when I see a team a team maximizing the fast break opportunities I feel like they did a lot of good things.



  26. holt937
    12:43 pm January 14, 2012 Permalink

    well the fact that Cal used scholarships for Polson, and Beckham and cant find one for Stokes as a lifelong Cat fan all I can say is wow. We could have used this kid inside period.