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Jarnell Stokes will announce his college choice Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Memphis time, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
The 6-foot-8 Stokes will announce at Fino Villa, an Italian restaurant in Collierville. The announcement will come at the same time Memphis is visiting Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The Rivals No. 5 power forward in the Class of 2012, Stokes will announce for either Memphis, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Florida or UConn, the Appeal reported.
A source close to the recruitment said he believes Stokes will announce for Tennessee, Memphis or Florida.
“He likes the drama so let’s see what he does,” a second source close to the situation said.
Willie Stokes, Jarnell’s father, told the paper his son had already made up his mind.
Willie Stokes was not immediately available by phone Tuesday evening.
The Commercial Appeal reported Stokes graduated last week from Southwind High School and would be eligible to play beginning in January.
“That’s definitely an option at this point,” Jarnell Stokes recently texted SNY.tv.
Photo: Commercial Appeal
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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