Two Tennessee basketball players landed on CBSSports.com’s list of the nation’s top 100 players, published on Monday. The Vols’ frontcourt duo of Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon were listed at Nos. 25 and 69, respectively.
Tennessee is one of 22 schools (and one of four in the SEC) to place multiple players in the list’s top 70.
Stokes and Maymon headline what CBSsports.com college basketball writer Gary Parrish touts as “one of the nation’s best frontcourts.” The pair weighs in at 530 pounds and combined for 22.3 points and 15.5 rebounds a season ago.
A native of Memphis, Tenn.,who graduated high school early and enrolled at UT in January, Stokes made a huge impact for the Vols during the second half of last season. He averaged 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting .534 from the field en route to SEC All-Freshman Team honors. Stokes also led the Vols in blocked shots (1.4 bpg) and logged a pair of double-doubles-including a 16-point, 12-rebound performance in Tennessee’s win over defending national champion UConn.
Stokes was one of 11 underclassmen to make the list’s top 25. In total, the list included 38 seniors, 28 juniors, 22 sophomores and 12 freshmen.
A second-team All-SEC forward from Madison, Wis., Maymon enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Volunteers last year. He averaged 12.7 points and a team-best 8.1 rebounds while shooting .558 from the field. In SEC play, he led the team in scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage and steals. He also recorded nine double-doubles on the year and led Tennessee with 18 charges drawn.
The CBSSports.com college basketball staff defined its top 100 list as the staff’s “best guess at (each player’s) talent plus impact for their team, their league and the sport in the 2012-13 season.”