Stokes Headed On Weekend Visit

Corey Stokes is a man who defers. Not in a bad way. In a good one. The St. Benedict's (N.J.) junior guard could have been the go-to guy for the past year, but elected to take a back seat without complaining. That will likely change this summer.

Corey Stokes is headed to UConn. No, he hasn't committed to the Huskies – but the St. Benedict's (N.J.) junior guard is headed to Storrs this weekend for a visit.

Stokes finished up a season at St. Benedict's averaging 13 points per game. Once again, Stokes, one of the elite guards in the nation, was in more of a supporting role – he did the same last summer while playing with Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson Jr. and Earl Clark with the Playaz Basketball Club.

``It doesn't matter to me," said the 6-foot-5 ½, 215-pound Stokes. "I'm a team player. Points don't matter to me that much. I just like to win."

His team at St. Benedict's, which also features Lance Thomas, Eugene Harvey and Samardo Samuels, finished 31-2 with the two setbacks coming against top-ranked Oak Hill Academy and St. Patrick's.

Stokes said his plan is to play with the Metro Hawks this summer where he may have more of an opportunity to be the go-to guy, but that isn't really all that important.

Stokes already has an NBA body and his perimeter shot is one of the best in the country. He still needs to work on his quickness – both offensively and defensively.

``It's not that I'm slow, but I want to get faster," he said.

Stokes said that he will try and take visits to Villanova and Rutgers later this month, but much will depend on how far the Wildcats go in the NCAA Tournament.

``I'll be at all three unofficially," he said.

Stokes and his father, Ernest, are on the same page as far as when a decision will be made.

``If he feels comfortable and his mom feels comfortable, we'd like to get it out of the way fairly soon," Ernest said. "But I want him to be satisfied and confident about his decision, because this is his future we're talking about."

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