Stokes Still Open

J.R. Smith never landed on campus at Chapel Hill - and it appears unlikely that another St. Benedict's star, Corey Stokes, will end up at UNC, either.

The junior shooting guard earlier this year expressed serious interest in the Tar Heels, but had yet to hear from the North Carolina staff.

Stokes, who has a similar game minus some of the athleticism that Smith displays, has since received some interest from the North Carolina staff - but St. Benedict's coach Dan Hurley admitted that the Tar Heels are not currently among Stokes' likely destinations.

"I know they are recruiting him [to some extent], but they've recruited a lot of guys at his position and the opportunity to play is important to him," Hurley said.

There's not much not to like about Stokes, who Hurley said is "farther along than Smith at the same stage."

"J.R. was a ridiculous athlete, but Corey is a more well-rounded offensive player."

Hurley rattled off a list that includes UConn, Villanova, Rutgers, Kansas and Florida, but said that Stokes is still open in the process.

Corey Stokes Profile

Inside Carolina Top Stories