Grizzlies sign second-round pick Stokes

The Grizzlies signed second-round pick Jarnell Stokes to a multi-year contract Monday.

Jarnell Stokes averaged 13 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.08 blocks on .530 shooting in 29.7 minutes in 87 games with Tennessee.

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The Grizzlies signed second-round pick Jarnell Stokes to a multi-year contract Monday.

Stokes, who was selected by the Jazz with the 35th overall pick out of Tennessee, was traded to Memphis on draft night for a 2016 second-round pick.

In three years with the Volunteers, Stokes averaged 13 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.08 blocks on .530 shooting in 29.7 minutes in 87 games.

Stokes left Knoxville ranked fourth in school history in double-doubles (40), eighth in total rebounds (836) and 14th in blocks (94). He led the SEC in offensive rebounding in each of his final two years in Knoxville.

As a junior, Stokes was a first-team All-SEC pick, posting 15.1 points and a conference-best 10.6 rebounds on .531 shooting in 32.4 minutes in 37 games, guiding Tennessee to three NCAA tournament victories and a trip to the Sweet 16.

He boosted his averages to 18.0 points and 12.8 rebounds in four tournament games, including a 26-point, 14-rebound performance on March 21, 2014 vs. Massachusetts. Stokes was named second Team All-SEC as a sophomore and earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors in his first collegiate season.

The Memphis native and Southwind High School graduate averaged 12.2 points and 9.4 rebounds in 26.6 minutes and recorded three double-doubles in five games (four starts) last month for the Grizzlies during the 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League. He ranked second among all players in rebounds per game.