ABCD: Cards have their eye on Corey Stokes

Who is Corey Stokes? At the Reebok ABCD Camp this week, he's been one of the top offensive players through the camps first two days. That's why several college coaches have kept their eyes on him this week, including Louisville's Rick Pitino and assistant Steve Masiello.

Who is Corey Stokes? At ABCD this week, he's been one of the camp's top offensive players.

A 6-foot-5, well-built junior guard/forward, Stokes hails from Bayonne, NJ where he plays for Dan Hurley at St. Benedict's High School - the same school that former McDonald's All-American and current NBAer J.R. Smith attended. With so many similarities, comparisons between the two are bound to happen.

"A lot of people compare me to him," Stokes said of Smith. "I play against him a lot, especially during the summer and that reall helps me get better at my game."

Stokes began camp with a bang Wednesday, scoring 23 points (2-5 3's) against the Magic, and 13 more versuses the Cavs to rank among the Top 5 scorers atthe event after day one. And though he slowed down a bit yesterday, he still enters the camp's third day fifth in scoring with an impressive 14.7 points per game average. Stokes said he's not been surprised by his success this week.

I expected to do that (score)," Stokes said. "I'm a real good offensive player, and I expected that I would be able to score well here."

Perhaps one of the reasons for his slow start Thursday afternoon, in which he scored 8 points but made just 2-14 shots against the Pistons, had more to do with nutrition - or lack thereof - than his ability.

"(Corey) struggled a bit to finish in the early session (Thursday) and said part of the reason is because he came directly from summer school and didn't have a chance to eat," said Scout.com's Jeff Goodman. "If that's Stokes' worst performance, it just goes to show how good this kid will be. He's an offensive force, attacking the basket at will and also being consistent with his 3-point jumper."


Stokes plays AAU ball with
Louisville recruit Earl Clark for the
Playaz.

Stokes has certainly shown deep range with his jump shot. Through three games, he'd made 6-15 from behind the arch, good for an impressive 40-percent clip. He's also proven an effective rebounder around the basket, grabbing 5 boards per game this week. Those are among the reasons why several college coaches have kept their eyes on him this week, including Louisville's Rick Pitino and assistant Steve Masiello.

Though it's early in his recruitment, Stokes has an impressive list of favorites.

"UCONN, Rutgers, Wake Forest, North Carolina and Duke," said Stokes, who'd like to stay close to the east college.

Word around the gym this week is that the Cardinals intend to pursue the talented Garden State prospect. Would Stokes be open to the Cardinals advances?

"Yes I would, I like Louisville," Stokes said without hesitation. "I like their program and the way they move the ball. And my friend Taquan Dean plays for them. I like them a lot."

Stokes, though, said that two Big East programs - UCONN and Rutgers - have the current edge in his recruitment.

"I have a real good relationship with the coaches at UCONN and Rutgers," Stokes explained. "I really like their programs. They both treat me well."

Stokes said two factors will help him pick a school when the time comes.

"Playing time and for my family to be able to see me play," he said.

Next week, Stokes will play in his AAU teams event - The Playaz, then fly out to Las Vegas for the Super 64.


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