KNOXVILLE – Tennessee junior forward Jarnell Stokes has been selected to USA’s U19 Team that will compete in international competition this summer.
The 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship will be held June 24-July 6 in Prague, Czech Republic. USA U19 Team members must be 19-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1994) and a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this team.
Stokes participated on last year’s USA U18 Team that easily won the world championship in Brazil. Stokes and his teammates won their five championship games by an average of nearly 40 points per contest. Stokes contributed 11 points and four rebounds in an 81-56 win over Brazil in the championship game.
Five members of that squad will join seven others to make up the 12-man 2013 USA U19 squad. Florida coach Billy Donovan and his staff that includes Virginia coach Tony Bennett and VCU coach Shaka Smart cut the 26-man training camp roster down to 12.
“Getting down to 12 is the real hard part because in a lot of respects we easily could have kept 14-15,” said Donovan. “There were some tough decisions, difficult decisions, but I think we feel overall that we have selected an athletic and versatile team. Our style of play will be an aggressive, up-tempo, running, pressing style.
“From an execution standpoint we’ve got to get better there, a lot of the other teams over there have been together for quite some time and that’s probably a strength of their teams, so we felt that we have to rely on some athleticism.”
Stokes, who opted to return to UT for his junior year instead of testing the NBA waters, has averaged 11.4 ppg and 8.9 rpg in his two seasons in Knoxville. Known as one of the strongest rebounders in the SEC, Stokes and senior forward Jeronne Maymon are expected to form one of the strongest frontcourts in the SEC in 2013-14.
Full USA U19 Team roster:
G Michael Frazier (Florida)
F Aaron Gordon (Arizona)
F Jerami Grant (Syracuse)
F Montrezi Harrell (Louisville)
C Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S)
G Elfrid Payton (Louisiana Lafayette)
G Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
F Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee)
G Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke)
F Mike Tobey (Virginia)
G Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington)
F Justice Winslow (St. John’s H.S.)
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee football for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter@DanielNooga