Kentucky hoops visitor on campus

Kentucky jumps into the recruiting fray for Scout's 17th ranked player, and lands the final visit. That visit is taking place this weekend.

When Dejuan Coleman chose to remain close to home and play for Syracuse Kentucky coach John Calipari immediately turned to familiar territory. Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis is home to Scouts third ranked power forward, Jarnell Stokes.

Kentucky had recruited Stokes over the summer, and made his list of final six schools. The Wildcats were dropped when they backed off the recruitment of Stokes.

Things changed dramatically when Kentucky showed renewed interest. Stokes had been scheduled to take his fifth, and final, visit to UCLA. He cancelled the UCLA visit and opted to spend the weekend in Lexington checking out the Kentucky program.

Stokes is apparently impressed with the way Calipari is coaching his big men. In the midst of a Kentucky practice today Stokes tweeted, "At Kentucky's practice! I'm in love with this style's offense. The bigs can truly play inside-out!"

Stokes has already taken visits to his other four finalists Memphis, Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida.

Decision time is up in the air for Stokes, but you never know how decisions change on the heels of a good visit.

Stokes, ranked 17th overall by Scout, told Evan Daniels he didn't know if he would make a decision in the early signing period, which begins Wednesday. On the flip side Stokes did not sound likely to wait until spring.

When asked about signing in the spring Stokes told Daniels, "I doubt I wait that long. That's a long time from now. I may make a decision during the [first] signing period. As of right now I have no idea."

Scout.com's profile: A hard playing post prospect, Stokes is a guy that can get things done in the paint. Rebounding wise he zones in on his area and locks it up. He's a tough 6-foot-8, 245-pound big man that doesn't mind mixing it up and can finish through contact around the basket. He needs to continue to develop his post moves, but he finds ways to be effective around the rim.


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