Vols' Stokes Placed On Naismith Trophy Watch List

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

Less than one week after being named to the list of candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, Tennessee sophomore Jarnell Stokes also landed on the Naismith Trophy Watch List, announced this week by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The 50-player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2012-2013 college basketball season. The Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta.

Naismith Trophy Early-Season Watch List: http://bit.ly/QHMoYI

Stokes, a power forward from Memphis, Tenn., also was recently named to both the media’s and SEC coaches’ preseason All-SEC Teams after a breakout freshman campaign during which he averaged 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting .534 from the field. He played in just 17 games – scoring in double figures seven times – after graduating high school in December and enrolling at UT mid-season.

In June, Stokes led Team USA to the gold medal at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil. He started every game for the American squad and averaged 14.0 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting .689 from the field.

In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season candidate list of the top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will narrow the list to the four finalists.

Notable Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year alumni include two three-time winners in Bill Walton and Ralph Sampson, along with Michael Jordan and Kevin Durant. The Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T is one of the most prestigious national award presented annually to college basketball’s best player.

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)



PREP SCHEDULE

(Please notify us of any schedule changes and times as well as game and match scores at news@chattanoogan.com) Softball: THURSDAY, APRIL 26 Marion Co. at Whitwell King’s Academy at Soddy Daisy Warren Co. at Rhea Co. Silverdale at Baylor 5 p.m. Polk Co. at Meigs Co. East Hamilton at Bradley Central at CSAS Signal Mountain at Howard Tyner ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Lacrosse Finishes Regular Season With Win Over Chattanooga FCA

The Soddy Daisy boys high school lacrosse team closed out the regular season with a 13-1 victory over Chattanooga FCA (3-3). It was a close game after just one quarter, but the Trojans (12-1) exploded for 7 goals in the 2nd quarter to hold a 10-point advantage at the half. On Senior Appreciation Night, three seniors scored multiple goals. Attackman Parker Ghaffari and ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Arrest Robbery Suspects Within Hours Of Holdup; Citizen Takes Quick Photo Of Suspect Vehicle

Chattanooga Police officers arrested two suspects involved in an armed robbery within hours of the incident. Officers responded to an armed robbery call at 5966 Brainerd Road  at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The victim told police she was exiting her vehicle when she was approached by a white male pointing a handgun at her demanding her purse and cell phone. The victim ... (click for more)

WACKER-Charleston Taking Initial Steps To Restart Polysilicon Production After Explosion Shut Facility Last September

WACKER-Charleston announced Thursday it has resumed operations for the production of polysilicon. Using a phase-in approach, WACKER has begun the initial start-up of the site, beginning with distillation. The initial production of polysilicon is targeted to begin in the next few weeks. WACKER anticipates the Charleston site will reach full capacity in the fourth quarter ... (click for more)

Keep The Gifted Program In The Hamilton County Schools - And Response (2)

I currently have a daughter in fourth grade at Lookout Valley Elementary and a daughter in the eighth grade at Lookout Valley Middle High School. Both of my daughters are very good students, as well as being very good people. I am writing today with a concern. I was made aware that the Hamilton County Department of Education is considering cutting the gifted program ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Remarkable Diane Black

As I was introduced to Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Diane Black on Thursday afternoon, I told her that one of my favorite stories is about her when she was a young, single mother in Baltimore. Her nursing job required her to sign on no later than 6:30 a.m. for work in the emergency room each day but … she had to bathe, dress, and feed her three infants and get each to a different ... (click for more)