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.