Jarnell Stokes has decided to bypass his senior season at Tennessee to enter the NBA draft.
Stokes, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound forward, confirmed Friday at a news conference that he had decided to begin his pro career. The news was first reported by CBSSports.com.
Stokes averaged 15.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game to earn first-team all-Southeastern Conference honors this season while helping Tennessee go 24-13 and reach the Midwest Regional semifinals. He had 22 double-doubles to tie the school single-season record set by Bernard King in 1976-77.
Stokes was at his best in the NCAA tournament, where he averaged 18 points and 12.8 rebounds in four games.
Stokes' departure means that Tennessee will have to replace four of its top five scorers from this year's team.