Tennessee sophomore power forward Jarnell Stokes was voted to the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off All-Tournament Team on Sunday after averaging 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in three games and leading the Volunteers to a third-place finish.
The sophomore from Memphis, Tenn., had his best game of the tournament Sunday against UMass, scoring a career-high 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting while pulling down 12 rebounds. It was his second double-double in Puerto Rico, following a 14-point, 11-rebound performance in the Vols’ victory over UNC Asheville on Thursday.
Joining Stokes on the All-Tournament team was tournament MVP Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Zeke Marshall (Akron), Le’Bryan Nash (Oklahoma State) and T.J. Warren (NC State).
More than half of Stokes’ total rebounds at the tournament were offensive boards (14 of 27). He shot .471 from the field in wins over UNC Asheville and UMass and a semifinal loss to Oklahoma State.
Stokes is a preseason All-SEC honoree this season and also appears on the watch lists for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy.
Tennessee will take a break for Thanksgiving and return to the court on Monday, Nov. 26 at home against Oakland, a team from the Summit League that has beaten the Vols the last two years, including in Knoxville in 2010, former coach Bruce Pearl’s last season.